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Batch convert layers and colors in your mechanical drawings.

A - answer AutoCAD Mechanical contains a powerful function for conversion of layer names (incl. their color and linetype settings) in DWG drawing files.

The AMCONVDWG command (Utilities > Script > Convert current drawing) is driven by a conversion table - a .CCF file, and a template file. The CCF text file can be prepared manually (see samples in C:\Program Files\Autodesk\MDT 2006\Acadm\Gen\Conv) or assisted by the .ALZ file from the AMANALYSEDWG command.

To convert (translate) multiple drawings at a time you can use another useful AutoCAD Mechanical command - AMSCRIPT - to perform batch conversion of e.g. a whole DWG folder to a new layer standard.

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See also:
Tip 6922:Product codes (registry) of Autodesk CAD applications.
Tip 5106:How to convert MDT parts to AutoCAD 3D solids?
Tip 3599:Setting up STEP conversion between different MCAD applications.
Tip 2164:How to display Inventor 3D models on a Pocket PC?
Tip 1341:How to convert 3D assembly model between Mechanical Desktop, AutoCAD, Inventor - and - Unigraphics, Catia, ProEngineer, CADDS, Icem, I-Deas, SolidWorks, SolidEdge?


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