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I am trying to convert multiple feature classes located within a file geodatabase into a CAD friendly format.

Without extracting the files the "Export to CAD" tool does not recognize the feature class.

  • How would I extract the feature classes so that the "export to CAD" tool would recognize the layers? – user80555 Aug 10 '16 at 15:56
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If you export your feature classes to shapefiles, you can then bring them directly into CAD. I support a dozen CAD users on a daily basis and 99% of the data I give them are ESRI shapefiles. Assuming your projections are correct, the shapefiles should drop exactly into place in CAD, and will retain their attribute data as well. I'll provide a link detailing the process to import the files with AutoCAD.

AutoCAD Map 3D To Import SHP Files

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Depending on what you mean by 'extract the feature class', you can export CAD data using the 'Export to CAD' tool in the conversion toolbox. When using this tool, I can select feature classes from my geodatabase.

You can also use arcpy.ExportCAD_conversion if you know how to use python/arcpy.

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