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Protecting Dynamic Block


TheyCallMeJohn

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Hello Everyone,

I was wondering if someone could offer some advice. We have some dynamic blocks that we have put a lot of hard work and development into but unfortunately they keep showing up in our competitors drawings and models. Does anyone know of a way to lock a dynamic block or remove it parameters without exploding them? (If you explode you drastically increase the files size.)

 

Can you copyright/trademark a dynamic block?

 

Your knowledge and guidance is always appreciated. :geek:

 

John

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It is for BIM coordination so we must send out DWGs. If we explode everything it it doubles the files size. Any other suggestions?

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Create a jpg of each dynamic block and substitute that for the real thing.

 

How do you that with a 3D block with varying dimensions, lengths and angles...

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How do you that with a 3D block with varying dimensions, lengths and angles...

To be honest, I have never heard of protecting any individual item or entity contained within a single DWG file. If it's for BIM coordination then why not export to a 3D DWFx file if Navisworks or AutoCAD is used, or export to an IFC file if Revit is used. That's the only advice I can give you. Bottom line is this: If you give someone a DWG file, they have full access to that file - period. There are programs out there that can password protect an entire DWG file, but not an individual entity housed inside the file.

 

The only other thing I can think of is a programmer being able to code something up that can do the trick, other than that you're out of luck if it's OOTB AutoCAD. Sorry. :'-(

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Explode everything before sending, IF you are required to hand out CAD files. If you don't have to hand over CAD files, PDF them!

 

If we are sent exploded drawings it gets sent right back. :)

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