Quick Reference

Creates a new DWG file with all AEC objects exploded.

Access Methods

 Command entry: -exporttoautocad or aectoacad


You can create a new version of a drawing file with all proxy AEC objects exploded into basic AutoCAD LT objects. The new version of the drawing loses the intelligence of the custom AEC objects, but the resulting basic objects can be displayed and accessed in earlier versions of AutoCAD LT when object enablers are not available for those versions.

NoteAny subsequent changes you make to this new drawing file do not affect the original drawing file.

List of Prompts

The following prompts are displayed.

Export options [Format/Bind/bind Type/Maintain/Prefix/Suffix/?] <Enter for filename>: Enter an option or press Enter to specify a file name

Enter for Filename

Creates a new drawing file with the specified name.

NoteYou can use the Prefix option to create a unique file name for this drawing and to prevent overwriting the existing drawing file.


Determines the drawing file format for the resulting drawing file.


Determines how xrefs are treated when creating the new drawing.


Binds all xrefs to the drawing. Layers and other xref-dependent named objects are merged into the new drawing.


Maintains the xrefs as links to other drawings.

Bind Type

Determines how xref-dependent objects are treated when the Bind option is turned on.


Maintains the names of layers and other xref-dependent objects when binding xrefs.


Merges the names of xref-dependent objects into the new drawing without including the original file name.


Determines how blocks within custom AEC objects are treated.


Explodes all block instances within custom AEC objects into basic AutoCAD LT objects. The resulting basic objects revert to their original properties rather than the properties of the block definitions.


Does not explode any block instances within custom AEC objects. The properties of the block instances are determined in the usual way, depending on how the objects in the blocks were created and the property settings of the layers on which the blocks are inserted.


Specifies the prefix to be added to the current drawing file name.


Specifies the suffix to be added to the current drawing file name.

? List Settings

Lists the current settings for the command.