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Monday, 2 August 2010

Re-using Adobe Illustrator data in AutoCAD & Inventor

Do ever find that someone asks you a question and you think "that's a great question, I must do some research into that", only to then find you get asked the same question by totally unrelated people within just a few days? Well that has happened to me recently when I was asked on 3 or 4 separate occasions about re-using Adobe Illustrator data in AutoCAD and Autodesk Inventor!

Today, I got some time to look into it a bit deeper and produce a quick video of the process of getting Adobe Illustrator vector data into AutoCAD based applications and Autodesk Inventor:

Adobe Illustrator allows users to output files in either AutoCAD DWG or DXF formats. The thing to remember is when outputting to either of these formats and your Illustrator data contains text, make sure you select "Maximum Editability" from the output options. This will bring the Illustrator text into AutoCAD\Inventor as editable text.

If layers and colours are used in Illustrator then these will also be honoured in AutoCAD and Inventor.

What will be different though is that arcs will be converted into a group of small sections, rather than one spline, circle or arc. What you will have though is all of the correct positioning and layout to replace the imported geometry with single entities if you want to.

Hope this helps you to make best use of any Adobe Illustrator data you might create or receive.

Happy Illustrating!