Hmmm... very odd. I've had no problem importing/exporting dxf and dwg files
since changing to Protel 99SE and AutoCAD R14.

Tom.

> -----Original Message-----
> From: Brian Guralnick [mailto:[EMAIL PROTECTED]]
> Sent: Tuesday, 23 October 2001 11:23 AM
> To: Protel EDA Forum
> Subject: Re: [PEDA] Export & import DXF drawings.
> 
> 
> Great news,
> 
>     Importing the .DXF generated from Protel into Camtastic 
> generates a fatal
> exception error.
> 
> ____________
> Brian Guralnick
> 
> 
> ----- Original Message -----
> From: "Ian Wilson" <[EMAIL PROTECTED]>
> To: "Protel EDA Forum" <[EMAIL PROTECTED]>
> Sent: Monday, October 22, 2001 7:13 AM
> Subject: Re: [PEDA] Export & import DXF drawings.
> 
> 
> | On 05:45 AM 22/10/2001 -0400, Brian Guralnick said:
> | >Hi all,
> | >
> | >     I'm preparing some mechanical drawings in Protel so 
> that a plastic
> | > mold designer
> | >can have a reference for items on one of my PCBs.  I'm 
> exporting Metric
> | >.DXF drawing.
> | >To test, I re-import the .DXF on a new PCB and find that 
> some border lines are
> | >completely in the wrong place.
> | >
> | >     Is it the export, or import which is messing up?
> | >     Is there a more secure, error free format for export 
> to a cad format
> | > for the
> | >plastic mold guys?
> | >
> | >____________
> | >Brian Guralnick
> |
> | Many people say that doing DXF via Camtastic has a better 
> chance of success.
> |
> | My recipe for DXF/DWG export consists of :
> | 1) Making a copy of the PCB (using save-as) and then removing any
> | unnecessary layers (such as planes etc and leaving (maybe) 
> the outer copper
> | layers only).
> | 2) Globally setting virtually everything to zero thickness 
> ***especially***
> | dimensions, coordinates and mechanical layer details including board
> | outline.  This ensures good snap points in the CAD package.
> | 3) Removal of as many holes/vias and pads as possible as 
> they are rendered
> | pretty horribly when Protel attempts to fill them in.
> |
> | On a particularly troublesome board I will generate gerbers 
> (after point 3)
> | and then use Camtastic to do the DXF/DWG export.
> |
> | On import I explode any and all large radius arcs into multiple line
> | segments as Protel has problems with these.  And even then there are
> | usually problems.  I have had more repeatable success using 
> Camtastic to
> | create gerbers from the DXF and then import those into 
> Protel.  I am not
> | sure of the status of the DXF/DWG server but I have 
> certainly sent files
> | through to Protel support showing problems but I am not 
> sure if the bugs
> | have been fixed.  There were some bug fixes when the 
> changes to allow the
> | units to be forced was introduced - this certainly fixed a 
> large number of
> | import issues.
> |
> | I would like the following export options to be available:
> | 1) Export selected only
> | 2) Export in draft mode
> |
> | They should not be mutually exclusive of course.
> |
> | Hooroo,
> | Ian Wilson
> |
> |
> 
> 

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