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DWG and DXF

Last updated March 6, 2017 by Tekla User Assistance tekla.documentation@trimble.com

Software version: 
2017

DWG and DXF

DWG and DXF

DWG is the native file format of AutoCAD and the standard fileproperty file that Tekla Structures uses by default

Standard files are used, for example, for loading frequently used values into the property pane or a dialog box.

Standard file name is standard.* where the symbol * is the file name extension. For example, standard.clm file is used for column properties.

format for Autodesk products. DWG is used for 2D and 3D CAD data that is supported by Tekla Structures.

DXF (Drawing eXchange Format) was developed by Autodesk for enabling data interoperability between AutoCAD and other programs. As the file format does not contain any form of part ID it is not possible to track changes between different physical objects contained within different versions of a file. Clash checking is not possible with a DXF file in Tekla Structures.

The DWG/DXF files imported with the DWG/DXF tool do not show the surfaces of the imported objects, only the construction lines or lines converted to part profiles that can be used to create a model. If you want to show surfaces of the objects, import DWG and DXF files as reference models.

In DWG/DXF import, Tekla Structures supports ACAD2012 or earlier.

To determine the AutoCAD version of the DWG file, open the file in a text editor. You will find the version code in the first six bytes:

AC1027 = 2013

AC1024 = 2010, 2011, 2012

AC1021 = 2007, 2008, 2009

AC1018 = 2004, 2005, 2006

AC1015 = 2002, 2000i, 2000

AC1014 = 14

AC1012 = 13

AC1009 = 12, 11

AC1006 = 10

AC1004 = 9

AC1002 = 2

Import DWG files in drawings

You can also add links to DWG files in drawings through the 2D Library or by using a ribbon command:

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