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Cannot edit DWG files from Inventor in AutoCAD.

A - answer The DWG drawing sheets save from Inventor behave as noneditable blocks - how to edit them?

There are two ways for saving DWG files from Inventor.

When you just use DWG (instead of IDW) as the default format for your Inventor drawing sheets, Inventor saves its part objects as blocks (to keep the associativity). Such DWG files are not intended to be heavily edited in AutoCAD (the TrueConnect functionality).

If you want a copy (no more associative to the 3D model) of your Inventor drawing sheet to be edited in AutoCAD (or LT) as AutoCAD entities, use the "Save Copy As" command (I > Save as > Save copy as) in your drawing sheet and save your sheet as "AutoCAD Drawing (DWG)". Such DWG files use layer and style mappings to display plain AutoCAD entities the same way as in Inventor.

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See also:
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Tip 12215:How to change truecolor DWG objects to indexed ACI colors?
Tip 12214:How to set bitmap transparency in an Inventor drawing.
Tip 12184:Overview of CAD formats supported in Inventor 2020 (import/export/AnyCAD).


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