File menu > Open
File toolbar > Open
You can open different file-types in the Windows® Open dialog.
CXL file-type is the MechDesigner model.
The MTD file is for the motions in MotionDesigner. The CXL file and the MTD file should be in the same path.
OLD MODELS: MechDesigner may find a sketch-element that is over-constrained.
A pop-up will ask if MechDesigner can delete the constraint to allow the sketch to be solved. Click YES if you want to open the file. Please check the important sketches in the model.
See also: Why so many CXL files?
LXL file-type is a Library file-type that you have previously saved in MechDesigner.
Before you open a Library file-type, you must pre-select the Plane onto which you want to add the Library file.
See more: Open LXL File
See also: Save As... LXL file-type
ZXL file-type is a ZIP file-type that you have previously saved in MechDesigner.
Extract all file-types to one path.
The files include:
The STL, SLDPRT, SLDASM file-types become linked to the path in which you extract the ZXL files.
You can choose to specify the path into which to extract ZXL file-types:
I recommend you select Specify ZXL Output Directory. I usually specify the path of the ZXL file itself, but you can also select or create a new path.
See more: File menu > Save as... ZXL file-type.
When you open a DXF file-type, you add a DXF element to the Assembly-Tree as a child to the Model. The DXF element is the container for the DXF drawing.
To show the DXF Drawing in the graphic-area, you must link it to a CAD-Line.
Thus, to show a DXF drawing
The DXF drawing becomes linked to the Part to which the CAD-Line is a child.
You can link the DXF Element and DXF Drawing to one and many different CAD-Lines.
See more CAD-Line dialog-box > DXF tab
MEC is a Camlinks file-type.
See more: Open MEC files
If you explore to your model files, you will see many file-types. Why so many files?
They are different backup files
When you open a model:
After every # commands:
WARNING : You overwrite the original model each Auto-Save