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    Hello,

    I am using Inventor 2011. Our company does a lot of sheet metal laser cutting. So we send AutoCAD drawings to the manufacturer. I know how to tranfer the drawing from Inventor 2011 to AutoCAD. However, all the drawings end up on the Layout page in AutoCAD.

    Our manufacturer requires all drawings on the Model Page instead. So I end up drawing the 2D sheet metal on the Model page which for me is a waste of time.

    Is there a way to export the drawings from Inventor 2011 right to the Model page in AutoCAD.

    Thanks in advance.

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    Export the flat pattern face from ipt (not idw).
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    Go to Save As,
    Select Save Copy As,
    In the dialog box in Save as type select AutoCAD Drawings
    Click Options... button
    Select AutoCAD file version, go to next,
    Under Export Options, Data Scaling, Select the scale that suits your need:
    Base View Scale - Model Space
    Sheet Scale - Model Space
    Full Scale (1:1) - Model Space

    It is are probably defaulting to a layout scale right now.
    I'm on 2010 right now, but I would imagine 2011 is the same.

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    Quote Originally Posted by JD Mather View Post
    Export the flat pattern face from ipt (not idw).
    That's how I do it for our waterjet... easy and fast.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ecshclark View Post
    Go to Save As,
    Select Save Copy As,
    In the dialog box in Save as type select AutoCAD Drawings
    Click Options... button
    Select AutoCAD file version, go to next,
    Under Export Options, Data Scaling, Select the scale that suits your need:
    Base View Scale - Model Space
    Sheet Scale - Model Space
    Full Scale (1:1) - Model Space

    It is are probably defaulting to a layout scale right now.
    I'm on 2010 right now, but I would imagine 2011 is the same.
    Thanks. That helped. I tried it and it worked perfect!

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    Thanks very much to all those who posted/replied above.

    You have very likely just solved a very similar and serious problem for me as well that has stumped me for a day and a half (my problem was exporting sheet metal folded object from Inventor to Autocad Mechanical model space and currently ending up with it in layout space only with inability to edit/ copy etc.). I will have to try this as unfolded part as directed above.

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    If you do ger objects in paperspace by mistake you can use CHSPACE comand in AutoCAD to move them to Model Space

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    Quote Originally Posted by Doodles View Post
    .... (my problem was exporting sheet metal folded object from Inventor to Autocad Mechanical model space.... I will have to try this as unfolded part as directed above.
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    Hi,
    Environments>AEC Exchange - Save as DWG Solid.
    I want to save an .IAM file to .DWG , I'm using Inventor 2013, there is no AEC Exchange anymore

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    You can save it to dwg directly now, no need to go to AEC Exchange anymore.
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