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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:
Tip 14075:Overview of CAD formats supported in Inventor 2025 (import/export/AnyCAD).
Tip 13836:How to reset view numbering in Inventor?
Tip 13800:Visually compare 3D geometry in CAD and BIM files.
Tip 13699:How to synchronize camera orientation in different Inventor views?
Tip 13611:BOM with multi-line items in Inventor.


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