For programs up to Version 19
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The Punch Software (R) programs import DXF or DWG files. Each element (lines, surfaces, etc.) in these files can be converted to walls, decks, etc. Also, DXF and DWG files can be imported to create 2D symbols and details using the Section Detailer Power Tool and the Symbol Editor Power Tool.
However, many users cannot complete the importing process successfully. Why does this problem happen?
Pairs of codes with values compose a DXF or DWG file. These values define the characteristics of the objects or entities. Depending on the files created, it will contain some pairs of codes or not. Therefore, a line is an entity (graphic object), with different attributes, but a border is an object (it is not graphic), depending on these settings, in a file we’ll find 2D and 3D codes. Punch just imports 2D entities (2D files).
Therefore, in order to import the file, you need to “clean” the file and configure the settings before you attempt to import the file. In order to use this tutorial and clean the file, you will need a CAD program. There are many free versions, or you can use a demo version.
This tutorial will help you to convert your file into a 2D file, ready to import in Punch. And of course, if you still experience problems, just email me, and I will be glad to help you!