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How to import an Illustrator file (.AI) into AutoCAD (.DWG)?

A - answer Most vector files from Adobe Illustrator can be directly read into AutoCAD with the function for attaching or importing PDFs. Newer versions of the .AI format have internally the PDF format (must be saved with the Illustrator option "Create PDF Compatibile File").

So you can just rename them from the extension .AI to .PDF and then use the command PDFATTACH or PDFIMPORT in AutoCAD. The file name should not contain spaces. So you can import logos, sprites or other graphical motives and pictures created in Illustrator or other vector editor.

See also: PDF/AI -> DWG

Another option is saving (exporting) the DWG or DXF file directly from Illustrator. In the export options, try the options "Preserve Appearance" or the opposite "Maximum Editatibility" for optimization of transferring text and complex splines (curve segmentation).

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14.5.2016    14058×  
applies to: AutoCAD · AutoCAD LT · Inventor · Revit · 3ds Max ·

See also:
Tip 12184:Overview of CAD formats supported in Inventor 2020 (import/export/AnyCAD).
Tip 11337:Convert 3D PDF files back to CAD models.
Tip 9972:Create free 3D PDF output files from any CAD software.
Tip 9698:Data formats supported in Autodesk InfraWorks 360.
Tip 8788:Batch unification of page setups in DWG files.

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