DXF/DWG Import Wizard Overview
The DXF/DWG import wizard imports .dxf
or .dwg files into SolidWorks
by guiding you through required steps. You have the option
to either a drawing or a part. If you import to a drawing, the layer,
color, and line style information in the .dxf
or .dwg file is also imported.
The DXF/DWG translator imports:
Mechanical annotations, known as proxy entities, (such as surface finish
symbols or GTOL frames) and automatically drawn objects (such as cams
and springs) when you import DXF or DWG files as SolidWorks drawing documents.
The translator converts these imported items to equivalent SolidWorks
objects, or creates them as blocks of primitive geometry, as appropriate.
You cannot import AutoCAD
PROXY entities from DWG and DXF files into SolidWorks parts as 3D curves
Associative and non-associative crosshatches as
XREFs in AutoCAD DWG files. If an imported
block is an XREF, the symbol ->
appears next to the block name in the FeatureManager design tree. If the
XREF has a dangling definition, the symbol ->?
DWG files with multiple sheets.
Desktop® (MDT) parts, assemblies,
Note the following:
import entire DWG file sheets in native format
(view only) SolidWorks drawing sheets, which allows the direct display
and printing of the original DWG file entities inside SolidWorks drawing
You can import all supported Autodesk products
(DXF, DWG, MDT, and 3D DXF files) with the .dxf
or .dwg file types in the Open dialog box.
MDT DWG files and DXF files with embedded ACIS
data can be imported through the DXF/DWG Import Wizard. The wizard determines
automatically if a DWG file contains MDT data.
The DXF/DWG Import Wizard Preview
interface contains view, zoom, rotate, pan, and standard view items to
change the preview. You can select the White
background check box to change the preview background color. You
can also click the Model and Layout tabs below the Preview
window to switch between model and layout views.
When you import DWG files, you can see a thumbnail
image of the file in the Preview
panel of the Open dialog box.
Previews appear for DWG files created by both SolidWorks and AutoCAD.
In AutoCAD, the bitmap preview option must be enabled when the file is
last saved. The Open dialog box
remembers the Preview check box
state from the last time you opened a DWG file.
The SolidWorks software fully supports the import
of AutoCAD block definitions and instances with properties and attributes.
SolidWorks supports attributes when you import
When you import a DXF/DWG file as a SolidWorks
part, any line with a dashed line font is imported as a construction line.
You have the option to skip crosshatch import
when importing DXF/DWG files into new parts.
Imported dimensions retain their original style
and properties. If you select and move a dimension, it is converted to
the SolidWorks defined dimension style. Click Undo
on the Standard toolbar to return to the original style
SolidWorks supports importing and exporting of
OLE objects through DXF/DWG files of version 13 and higher. Bitmaps stored
in DXF/DWG files in AutoCAD's native bitmap format are not supported.
on any DXF/DWG import wizard screen for help on that topic.