If you need to use an AutoCAD drawing in another application, you can convert it to a specific format by using the Export method. This method exports the AutoCAD drawing to a WMF, SAT, EPS, DXF, or BMP format. The Export method takes three values as input: the name for the new file to be created, the extension for the new file, and the selection set of objects to export.
When exporting to WMF, SAT, or BMP format, you must provide a nonempty selection set. This selection set specifies the objects from the drawing to export. If no selection set is specified, nothing is exported and a trappable invalid argument error results.
When exporting to EPS and DXF formats, Export ignores the selection set argument, but it is still required. The entire drawing is automatically exported for these formats.
This example creates a circle in the current drawing. It then exports the drawing to a file called DXFExprt.DXF, opens a new drawing, and imports the file. Note that an empty selection set is provided as an argument to Export. The Export method ignores selection set information when exporting a DXF file, but a syntax error results if the argument is omitted.
' Create the circle for visual representation
Dim circleObj As AcadCircle
Dim centerPt(0 To 2) As Double
Dim radius As Double
centerPt(0) = 2: centerPt(1) = 2: centerPt(2) = 0
radius = 1
Set circleObj = ThisDrawing.ModelSpace.AddCircle _
' Create an empty selection set
Dim sset As AcadSelectionSet
Set sset = ThisDrawing.SelectionSets.Add("NEWSSET")
'Export the current drawing to a DXF file in the
' AutoCAD temporary file directory
Dim tempPath As String
Dim exportFile As String
Const dxfname As String = "DXFExprt"
tempPath = _
exportFile = tempPath & dxfname
ThisDrawing.Export exportFile, "DXF", sset
' Delete the empty selection set
' Open a new drawing
' Define the import
Dim importFile As String
Dim insertPoint(0 To 2) As Double
Dim scalefactor As Double
importFile = tempPath & dxfname & ".dxf"
insertPoint(0) = 0: insertPoint(1) = 0: insertPoint(2) = 0
scalefactor = 2#
' Import the file
ThisDrawing.Import importFile, insertPoint, scalefactor