DWG Export for Pro/ENGINEER
Erik Z.

DWG Export for Pro/ENGINEER

DWG Export for Pro/ENGINEER is an AutoCAD DWG file export plug-in for Pro/ENGINEER Wildfire®. This plug-in gives Pro/ENGINEER Wildfire the ability to export 3D solid data from a Pro/ENGINEER part and assembly document to meshes in an AutoCAD DWG file.

  • Exports a DWG file
  • Displays the DWG Export for Pro/ENGINEER help file
  • Displays the DWG Export for Pro/ENGINEER About box

Pro/ENGINEER Wildfire already has the ability to export AutoCAD DWG files. However, the export feature is limited to 2D drawings only and cannot export parts and assemblies. DWG Export for Pro/ENGINEER reads the solid models from the current Pro/ENGINEER part or assembly and tessellates the solid bodies into individual triangular meshes. These meshes are then exported to a DWG file as 3D Polyface Mesh, 3D Face, Line or Point objects.DWG Export for Pro/ENGINEER is very easy to use. Once installed, it must be loaded into the Pro/ENGINEER Wildfire environment. Follow the simple instructions in the ReadMe document which can be found in the installation folder. Once loaded, it adds new commands to Pro/ENGINEER Wildfire and a submenu called "DWGExport" to the Pro/ENGINEER menu. \

Installation & Usage

Since DWG Export for Pro/ENGINEER is a plug-in for Pro/ENGINEER Wildfire, it must be loaded into the Pro/ENGINEER Wildfire environment before it can be used. Please follow the simple instructions in the DWG Export for Pro/ENGINEER ReadMe document which is copied into the installation folder. After you have loaded the plug-in file into Pro/ENGINEER Wildfire, Simply click on the menu items in the "DWGExport" submenu to run these new commands.

The DWG File Format

DWG is a format used for storing two and three dimensional design data and metadata. It is the native format for the AutoCAD Computer Aided Design package, as well as IntelliCAD (and its variants), and PowerCAD. DWG is supported non-natively by several hundred other software applications.DWG (denoted by the .dwg filename extension) was the native file format for the Interact CAD package, developed by Mike Riddle in the late 1970s, and subsequently licensed by Autodesk in 1982 as the basis for AutoCAD. From 1982 to 2007, Autodesk created versions of AutoCAD which wrote no less than 18 major variants of the DWG file format, none of which it publicly documented.The DWG format, has become a de facto standard for CAD drawing interoperability. It has been estimated that there are in excess of two to four billion DWG files in existence.