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Prevent CAD performance issues

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As we continue to add support for newer versions of the CAD systems we remind you that when you upgrade your CAD system you should also update your existing MasterDocs CAD files to the newer version.  Failure to do so will result in performance degradation as the CAD system will be updating the files on-the-fly every time they are opened from MasterDocs.


Most CAD systems have a utility that will perform this upgrade across directories and sub directories. 

Google or ask your CAD reseller for assistance if you’re unable to find the utility.



  • From START, navigate to  All Programs -- Siemens NX 10.0 -- NX Tools -- Command Prompt
  • At the command prompt run refile_part.exe for a listing of options

Example of usage: 

  • Move to the directory containing the NX files requiring updates ( cd <directory> )
  • At the prompt, run the command refile_part -d

All files in the current directory (-d) will be upgraded to your latest version of NX



Solid Edge:

  • Within the install folder of Solid Edge navigate to Custom/OpenSave/bin and run OpenSave.exe


If all else fails simply open each file in MasterDocs using the newer CAD version and then resave.