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In Autodesk Inventor LT, data is stored in multiple files with different file types. When you translate data from AutoCAD, choose the destination file type based on the type of data you are translating and how you use it.
- To produce a manufacturing drawing without an associated 3D or model file, translate the AutoCAD data to an Autodesk Inventor LT drawing file (.idw). You can create a drawing file or add the data to a sketch in the active drawing.
- To use 2D data to build a part model, translate the AutoCAD file to an Autodesk Inventor LT part model (.ipt). You can create a part file or add the data to a sketch in the active part.
- When you translate AutoCAD 3D solids, they become solid bodies in an Autodesk Inventor LT model file. When there are multiple solids, the translator creates Autodesk Inventor LT part files (.ipt) for each body.
- To use AutoCAD title blocks, borders, or blocks to develop templates in Autodesk Inventor LT, use the import settings to place the translated data in a new drawing file (.idw).
Note on opening DWG files
If you do not require AutoCAD objects translated into Autodesk Inventor LT objects, you can directly open any AutoCAD DWG file in Autodesk Inventor LT. You can then view, plot, and measure the file contents. Objects display exactly as they do in AutoCAD. In addition, all the AutoCAD data is selectable for copy/paste. You can open an AutoCAD DWG file in Autodesk Inventor LT, and then copy and paste AutoCAD entities into any Autodesk Inventor LT sketch.
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