CATIA V5 Tutorial: How to Export CATDrawing to DXF with Layers Intact

By default, when you save a CATDrawing containing Layers as DXF (Drawing Interchange Format), CATIA puts all the layer items in a single layer. It does not import names of Layers too. In this article, we will show you how to change the settings to make CATIA export Drawing details keeping the Layers intact.


1.Go to Tools –> Options.
2. In the left pane, select ‘Compatibility’ and then click on ‘DXF’ tab. This tab gives you all the options for importing and exporting DXF.

Export CATDrawing to DXF
3. In the Export section, change the Export mode to “Semantic”. Under ‘Semantic options‘ , select “Export layer name”.
5. Click OK.
You are done. Now CATIA will export all drawings to DXF with Layers.

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2 Responses

  1. Brian Davis says:

    When I export a DXF file and then read it back into CATIA it moves my drawing to some random location. Any way to lock my location so it is still at an X,Y of 0,0?

  1. February 2, 2010

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