File menu > Open
File toolbar > Open
You can open different file-types in the Windows® Open dialog.
CXL is the file-type for a MechDesigner model.
The MTD file-type is 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 re-check the important sketches in the model.
If you are not sure. Save as... the model immediately to a new file-name.
See also: Why so many CXL files?
LXL is the file-type for a MechDesigner Library file.
Before you open a Library file-type, 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 is a file-type for a MechDesigner ZIP file.
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 in 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, there are two actions:
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
See Application Settings > General tab > File Options to edit: