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When you export DXF, use the "flat" option. This reduces the layer count drastically. The "standard" export is actually the entire database in DXF format, which can be lightly manipulated by a 3rd party program and brought back into PADS as a complete database, but no development has been done on that aspect for many years. Uncheck any object you don't want in the DXF file, like Copper, Routes, and Attributes. There's still going to be a few layers you don't need, but it will be a vast improvement.
I do my assembly drawings using a program called Blueprint, developed by former PADS employees. It's quite expensive, but does an excellent job as it imports the PADS database in ASC format, so all the information you need to document is available.
David, thank you. Using the flat option does help although there are some strange anomalies! We have a defined assembly layer top and a defined layer assembly layer bottom. For the top assembly drawing we only want to export the assembly layer top and the board outline, but the dxf generated only shows the board outline unless the bottom outlines is selected too, then we get the top and bottom components, but we can work with this. What is proving more difficult is the bottom assembly text. In Solid Works our preferred tool for all mechanical matters does not mirror the text, Solid Edge does but Solid Works is far less friendly in this respect. Changing the view in Pads to bottom view and exporting the dxf does not export the data as viewed. Regards Stuart.
We also use Blueprint for assemblies. But something to look at, Circuitworks will take a PADS ascii file and turn it into a 3D model in Solidworks. We use this for thermal and mechanical simulations as well as clearance checking. Not sure if text transfers for assemblies but worth checking into.
Do you try to look at new idx format with ECAD/MCAD - Circuitworks combinaison ? ECAD/MCAD is now free with VX.2.3