Our draftsman is preparing documentation for our technicians.  On our old CAD (DCCADD) 
he could take our DXF files (which were filled polygons) and "explode" them into 
unfilled polygons.  When he does this for Protel, he gets lines with large dots on the 
ends.

The ground planes (I think the same as copper pours) are not really a problem.  It is 
the pads and traces that don't explode in a manner he likes.

Michael

From: Dennis Saputelli <[EMAIL PROTECTED]>
Date: 2004/04/28 Wed AM 10:54:21 EDT
To: Protel EDA Forum <[EMAIL PROTECTED]>
Subject: Re: [PEDA] Exporting DWG/DXF

not exactly sure what your last sentence means - copper pours?

what is the purpose of the conversion?

we do the export as primitives with square ends

we generally delete most of the layers incl:
top, bottom, pastes, solder, keepout and more
in the course of deleting all of that the copper pours go away

this leaves the layers:
outline, multi, topoverlay, maybe something else

after deleting most of the layers we do an explode ALL
in acad 2002

i think (but am not sure i remember this exactly) that acad R14 needs 
to do explode object by object
that would obviously not be acceptable

look around for a LISP program that will do explode all
in R14
there is something called BOMB and there are others
try
cadalog.com
for freeware lisp stuff

Dennis Saputelli


[EMAIL PROTECTED] wrote:
> 
> Greetings the List,
> 
> Our draftsman tells us that the multi-layer issue is not so much of a problem.  Our 
> real problem, it seems, is that when Protel exports a drawing (regardless of whether 
> it's in DWG or DXF format and regardless of whether it is exported as block or 
> primitives)he cannot "explode" the drawing into a useable format.
> 
> He is using Autocad 14.  Is there any way to export drawings in a form where Autocad 
> can resolve it into a number of unfilled polygons?
> 
> Thanx,
> 
> Michael Badillo

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