Export a drawing to 2D DWG or DXF (old export)

Added May 4, 2021 by Tekla User Assistance tekla.documentation@trimble.com

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Export a drawing to 2D DWG or DXF (old export)

Export a drawing to 2D DWG or DXF (old export)

You can export drawings to the 2D DWG or DXF format using the old DWG/DXF drawing export.

If you want to use the old DWG/DXF drawing export, set the advanced option XS_USE_OLD_DRAWING_EXPORT to TRUE in an .ini file. This advanced option is by default set to FALSE. For instructions on using the newer DWG/DXF drawing export, see Export a drawing to a 2D DWG or DXF file.

  1. On the Drawings & reports tab, click Document manager.
  2. Select from the list the drawings that you want to export.
  3. Right-click and select Export.
  4. In the Export Drawings dialog box, on the Export file tab, enter the export file name.

    If you are exporting several drawings, leave the file name box empty.

    The drawings are exported by default to the \PlotFiles folder under the current modelmodel that is active in Tekla Structures

    The current model can be a single-user model, a shared model or a working model.

    folder. If you want to use another folder, enter the full path.

    Tekla Structures uses one of the following advanced optionssettings used to customize Tekla Structures for specific companies, standards, users, or user groups

    In Tekla Structures, advanced options are settings that are used, for example, in a specific project or geographical area, or by a specific company.

    In Tekla Structures, advanced options usually begin with the initials XS and are followed by the name of the function, for example XS_BACKGROUND_COLOR.

    to define the names for the export files. The advanced option that is used depends on the drawing type:






  5. Select the file type: DXF or DWG.
  6. If you want to include a revision markuser-created symbol that indicates a change in the model or in the drawing, and in which information about the change is enclosed

    Information enclosed in a revision mark is shown in a revision table.

    in the file name, select Include revision mark to file name.
  7. Set the layer options on the Layer options tab:
    • Select the layer rules file.

      To add or modify layers, and to assign object groups to different layers, click Setup...

    • If you want to use advanced conversion to convert the type, color and weight of lines and layers, select Use advanced line type and layer conversion.

    • In the Conversion file box, enter the name of the file to be used in the conversion.

      By default, Tekla Structures uses the LineTypeMapping.xml file in the ..\Tekla Structures\<version>\environments\common\inp folder.

      If you need to define your own line type mappings, you can use the file LineTypeMapping.xml as a template when you create a conversion file of your own.

    • Select Include empty layers if you want to include empty layers in the export.

    • Select Object color by layer to have different colors on different layers.

  8. Set the other drawing export options on the Options tab:
    • Set Drawing scale and Line type scale.

    • If you want to export the drawings so that the DWG/DXF content is grouped by object, select Export objects as groups. When you do this, Tekla Structures makes a new group for each object (part, mark, dimension lineline that visualizes the distance between the defined dimension points

      Separate dimensions can be combined into a longer dimension line.

      , etc.).

    • Select Cut lines with text if you do not want to display continuous lines in exported drawings, for example, to run the line through text or drawing marks.

    • Select Export custom lines as split lines to ensure that custom line types have the same appearance in the software you are exporting to and when printed. If Export custom lines as split lines is selected, custom line types are exported as solid lines that are split to several short lines. If Export custom lines as split lines is not selected, custom line types are exported as defined in TeklaStructures.lin.

    • Select Use paper space to export to both model space and paper space. The unscaled contents of the drawing views are exported into model space. The drawing layoutplan of a drawing that includes the table layout and definitions of the sheet size

      Tekla Structures includes several predefined drawing layouts, which are drawing-type specific. The user can also create new drawing layouts.

      is exported into paper space. The layout contains scaled viewports showing appropriate areas of the model space.

      When exporting to paper space, ensure that all objects in the view are inside the view frame. Objects that are partially outside the drawing view framesolid frame around all the contents of a drawing view

      Drawing view frame can be used when modifying properties of a single drawing view. Drawing views can be dragged using the drawing view frame.

      are not exported

  9. Click Export.

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