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Setting DXF/DWG File Export Options

Set the export options when you export SOLIDWORKS drawing documents as DXF or DWG files.

To set the DXF or DWG file export options:

  1. Select from the following options:
    Option Description
    Version Select the AutoCAD® version supported by the target system.
    Fonts Select one:

    AutoCAD STANDARD only

    Uses the drawfontmap.txt mapping file.

    SOLIDWORKS has fonts to support the most popular AutoCAD fonts. The fonts are mapped using the default mapping file located at:


    When you export SOLIDWORKS documents as DXF or DWG files, you can use the drawfontmap.txt mapping file to map any SOLIDWORKS or Windows True Type fonts into AutoCAD SHX or True Type fonts. When the drawing files are opened in AutoCAD, the exact fonts are used - no substitution of default fonts is required. This improves the visual fidelity of the drawing files.


    Line styles Select one:

    AutoCAD Standard Styles

    Maps SOLIDWORKS line fonts to AutoCAD stock line types. For AutoCAD Version setting R2000 and later, also maps line font weight to the closest AutoCAD line weight value.

    SOLIDWORKS Custom Styles

    Uses SOLIDWORKS line styles.

    Custom Map SOLIDWORKS to DXF Select if you want to implement mapping, then browse to the map file to use in Map file. See DXF/DWG File Mapping in the SOLIDWORKS Online User's Guide for information on creating and using map files.
    Don't show mapping on each save Available when a mapping file is selected.
    Export drawing sheet

    All Sheets

    Exports all sheets in each drawing file.

    Active sheet

    Exports only the most recently active sheet in each drawing.


    Exports only the sheets you specify by sheet number.

    Scale output 1:1 (Drawings only). To specify the sheet scale, select Enable scale and choose a scale or User Defined. For User Defined, type a scale in the format 1:1 or 1/1.
    Scale output 1:1 in Task Scheduler differs from Scale output 1:1 in SOLIDWORKS. SOLIDWORKS lists only scales found in the current sheets. Because Task Scheduler does not know what drawings you are exporting, Task Scheduler always lists all scales.
  2. Click OK.
    When you create a task, you click Options in the task properties dialog box to change the options for that task only. To change the default option values, click View > Options > DXF/DWG .

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