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Tech Tip: AutoCAD Layer Translator

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AutoCAD Layer Translator

Occasionally, we’ve all received a series of drawings from a client, and as we try to incorporate the drawings into our project, we find that the layer names and definitions don’t agree with our office standards.

So, let’s look at how we can convert the layers quickly – right within AutoCAD using the simple but powerful Layer Translator.

The Layer Translator (available in all AutoCAD and Vertical products since 2009) can read the layers in the current drawing and map those layers to a Drawing Standards File (DWS) or Drawing (DWG) and translate the current layers (“Translate From”) to the equivalent layers listed in our selected standards file (“Translate To”).

Procedure

  1. Enter the AutoCAD command LAYTRANS, or from the ribbon, select the Manage tab > CAD Standards panel > Layer Translator.
  2. Click on Load to select the file to be used as the layer standard.
  3. Click on Map same to set any layers in the current drawing to be mapped to the equivalent layer name from the loaded standards file.
  4. To match the remaining layers, highlight the layer in the Translate From panel and highlight the destination layer in the Translate to panel, click Map and the entry will be mapped and removed from the Translate From panel.
  5. If there are no equivalent layers in the attached standards file, we can click on New and create a new layer definition.
Screenshot of Layer Translator tool in AutoCAD
Screenshot of Layer Translator tool in AutoCAD
Screenshot of AutoCAD Layer Translator settings
Screenshot of AutoCAD Layer Translator settings

6. To determine what happens when the layers are translated, click on Settings

7. Click on Translate and you will be prompted to save the mapping data for future use. Doing so will create a Drawing Standards File (DWS). This DWS file can then be used attached to your drawing as a CAD standards file and this will ensure that, going forward, the layers and definitions will conform to the standards created if so desired.

Want to learn more?

Check out our recent webinar ‘AutoCAD CAD Standards‘ (the link will jump you into the video at the relevant time).