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#70290 by joeferguson
Sat Nov 26, 2016 7:44 pm
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In my work creating Division 8 Construction Shop Drawings, I often need to use .dwg files created by various component manufacturers.

Occasionally when I open a .dwg drawing in DataCAD 17, one or two pieces are missing. This can create a lot of extra work for me as I need to draw the missing pieces manually. Can anyone explain why some parts just don't transfer over?

I have included screenshots of the same part as viewed in Autocad and in DC17, so you can see the missing cyan coloured part.

I have also (attempted) to include the original .dwg file. But I get an error message that .dwg files are not allowed. If anyone may have a solution, I would be happy to send the .dwg separately.

Any help is appreciated, as the quality of my work is affected as well as the time it takes to do it.


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#70309 by joeferguson
Wed Nov 30, 2016 1:24 pm
I found a short-term workaround, but it's not very elegant, and is still time-consuming.

I downloaded the 30 day trial of Autocad and opened the file in Autocad. The missing piece was there, as a block. I exploded the block and saved the file with the block exploded.

The file then opens complete in DataCAD.

Not sure what I will do when the 30 days is up. And I still don't understand why some blocks will open in DataCAD but not others. From my experience, I would guess that less than 10%, maybe less than 5% of all blocks will not open in DataCAD.

#70310 by MtnArch
Wed Nov 30, 2016 1:47 pm
If it was created as a "proxy" it will not import.
#70312 by joeferguson
Wed Nov 30, 2016 2:25 pm
Thanks, Alan

I read up on proxies and now have a little better understanding of how the pieces go missing.

And I have a fix, although it is inelegant.

Onward and upward,


ps As I have done in the past, since it is close to year end, I want to take the time to thank all of you who continue to support this forum. Without desiring to offend anyone, Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year to you all!

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