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Nayfb

Hello all, Nathan here.

I found a little thread on this before but nobody actually came up with an answer to the question. A customer has sent me a .CAD file, which i cannot open with the programs i own, does anyone else know what program can open this file type?

 

 

Any positive response is much appreciated people.

 

Many Thanks in advance,

 

Nathan

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dbroada

I'm guessing you have found this thread already.

 

http://www.cadtutor.net/forum/showthread.php?58770-How-do-I-open-a-.cad-file-type

 

I think your best bet is to follow the advice there of asking your customer if he can save the file as dwg (or maybe dxf) so that you can open it.

 

That thread also suggests that you nay be able to download QuickCAD to do the conversion yourself.

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Nayfb

Hey, Firstly thanks for your prompt reply,

Yes i found that before but couldn't find any answers to my problem, which is why i thought id try a fresh approach.

 

I already have, but the program they use is on a subscription basis and only outputs with .cad, .dwg output doesn't work for them. and obviously i don't want to have to pay to a subscription for the software for only one customer so i was just wondering if there was another program that could run this file extension.

 

Thanks again.

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PotGuy

Could try Draftsight - Another CAD software.

 

It's free but is 2D only.

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ReMark

Draftsight cannot open .CAD files only .DWG and .DXF will work.

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PotGuy

Ah. That might be an issue.

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ReMark

CADSTD is still available as far as I can tell. Maybe it can be used to open your .CAD file.

 

CADSTD.PNG

 

Found the link to the program in the thread previously referenced.

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Nayfb

Thanks very much for all of your responses, much appreciated.

Yes i have tried everything in the thread mentioned at the beginning of this one, and nothing worked. Just wondered if anything else was now available.

 

Thanks again for your responses, keep them coming.

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Nayfb

Yes i have already tried CADstd im afraid it didnt work. Starting to pull my hair out with it now :P

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ReMark

What is the name of the program your customer is using?

 

What, if any, file types can they EXPORT to? This is not the same as SAVE as.

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f700es

Could be QuickCAD, AutoSketch or even Drafix. All of these can export to .dwg or .dxf

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Nayfb

They can only export and/or save as .CAD files. They say they use a program called ProCut.

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f700es

Ah, OK good to know what they use.

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Nayfb

True, i just didn't know that it would be an issue not to know what they use. Assumed .CAD was more of a common file and i was just being daft not being able to find a program to open them.

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f700es

Can they print to a PDF for you? If so there are ways to get the info unless the drawings are just easy enough to redraw.

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Nayfb

a few of them would be easy enough to re-draw but it is the sheer quantity rather than the complexity of them that would be the issue. Which is why i could do with getting a program to open the files.

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ReMark

BobCAD can read the .CAD file type.

 

BobCAD_1.jpg

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ReMark

Sometimes you just need to go right to the source which in this case would be the makers of Procut. I asked what file types could be used when importing or exporting. Here is the response I received.

 

* * * * * * * * *

Good Morning Mark,

 

Procut can import DXF, DWG, StruCAD (Cam & Fit files) and Tekla or Advanced Steel (NC1 files).

 

Procut can export to DXF & DWG.

 

I hope this helps, if you need anything else re: Procut please ask.

 

Regards

 

Dave Ward

Procut Software Sales, Support & Training

Phone 0115 9210411

Office 0115 9391888

 

 

* * * * * * * * * *

 

Exporting to DXF and DWG is possible but I wonder if this capability is version specific?

 

Ask your customer what version they are using.

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f700es

WTF!!! I swear to God I just about hate working with people! Why lie, unless the user was too stupid to know the program he works with.

 

:roll:

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Cad64
WTF!!! I swear to God I just about hate working with people! Why lie, unless the user was too stupid to know the program he works with.

 

I think the majority of people who work with CAD programs only know how to use a fraction of what the program is capable of. They know only enough to get by.

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