User Interface
SolidWorks Fundamentals
Moving from 2D to 3D
SolidWorks Costing
Design Checker
Design Studies in SolidWorks
Detailing and Drawings
Import and Export
Importing/Exporting SolidWorks Documents
General Import Options
Importing Documents
Importing Geometry
File Distribution Best Practices
Editing Imported Features
Import Diagnostics Overview
Exporting Documents and Setting Options
DXF/DWG Native Format
Publishing to
File Types
3D XML Files
ACIS Files (*.sat)
Adobe Illustrator Files (*.ai)
Adobe Photoshop (*.psd) Files
Autodesk Inventor Files
CATIA Graphics Files
CATIA Part and Product File Import
DXF 3D Files
DXF/DWG Files (*.dxf, *.dwg Files)
Highly Compressed Graphics Files
IDF Files
IFC Files
IGES Files (*.igs, *.iges)
JPEG Files
Exporting SolidWorks Models to *.lxo Files
Mechanical Desktop Files
Parasolid Files (*.x_t, *.x_b)
Adobe Portable Document Format (*.pdf) Files
Saving SolidWorks Files as Portable Network Graphics Files
Pro/ENGINEER and Creo Parametric Files
Rhino Files
Solid Edge Files
Step Files (*.step)
STL Files (*.stl)
TIFF Files (*.tif)
TIFF, Photoshop, and JPEG Export Options
Unigraphics Files
VDAFS Files (*.vda)
Viewpoint Files
VRML Files (*.wrl)
XPS (XML Paper Specification) Files
Import and Export File Version Information
2D to 3D Conversion
Scan to 3D
DXF/DWG Import Wizard
Model Display
Mold Design
Motion Studies
Parts and Features
Sheet Metal
Sustainability Products
SolidWorks Utilities
Workgroup PDM
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In eDrawings you can view and animate models and drawings and create documents convenient for sending to others.

eDrawings is installed automatically with SolidWorks Professional and SolidWorks Premium. You can view any SolidWorks document from SolidWorks 97Plus and later.

As a best practice, distribute drawings and assemblies files in eDrawings format, which always requires updates when referenced parts are modified. If this is not possible, redistribute the updated SolidWorks parent drawings and assemblies each time you modify the referenced parts.
If Large Assembly Mode is selected, high quality HLR/HLV views in assembly drawings do not contain shaded data in the published eDrawings (.edrw) file. If all views in the drawing are high quality, no shaded data is included in the eDrawings file and you cannot animate the drawing in eDrawings.

eDrawings Professional

With eDrawings Professional tools, you can:
  • Mark up files
  • View cross sections
  • Measure dimensions
  • Move assembly components
  • View exploded views
  • Display mass properties
  • Add password protection when publishing

For more information, click Help > eDrawings Help Topics in the eDrawings Viewer, or visit the Web site at

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