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DXF/DWG Import Wizard - Part Document Options

Set the following options on the Document Settings screen when you select the Model tab in the Preview section. You can import the data to a 2D sketch or as a 3D curve.

When you import a DXF file as a SolidWorks part, any line with a dashed line font is imported as a construction line

You cannot import AutoCAD PROXY entities from DWG and DXF files into SolidWorks parts as 3D curves or models.

Units of imported data. Select the units in which the imported model was created.

Add constraints. Select to solve all the apparent relations and constraints in the sketch.

Import Dimensions. Select to import dimensions included in the original document.

Import Layers. Select one of the following options:

  • All layers. Imports all layers to the sketch.

  • Selected layers. Imports only the layers you select from the list.

Import each layer to a new sketch.

Merge points closer than. Select to merge points that, after import, are within a specified merge distance. Type the merge distance in Distance.

If you select Merge points closer than and the drawing contains at least one block, you are prompted to enable the Explode Blocks option. Explode the blocks to facilitate merging.

If gaps exist in the imported file geometry and you do not select Merge points closer than, you might have trouble manipulating the data in SolidWorks. For example, you might be able to extrude the sketch only as a thin feature, not as a solid body.

Merge overlapping entities. Merges the overlapping entities such as lines or arcs into a single entity.

Run Repair Sketch. Launches the Repair Sketch tool after importing the data to a 2D sketch.

Define Sketch Origin.

Origin X and Y Coordinates. Defines the X and Y coordinates of the sketch origin from the origin location you select in the preview window.

Rotate about the origin. Rotates the imported sketch entities.

Angle. Specifies the angle of rotation of the imported sketch entities.

Preview layers. Lists the layers you previously selected for Import Layers. The selected layer is displayed in the preview window if you have selected Import each layer to a different sketch.

Remove Entities. Removes entities selected in the preview window.

MDT Options

Component Import Options. Select one of the following options:

  • Use Feature Import. Imports individual features that you can edit.

  • Use Geometry Import. Imports one solid part that you cannot directly edit.

If file with the same name exists. Select one of the following options:

  • Use existing. Uses the existing SolidWorks file and does not import the new part or assembly file.

  • Overwrite. Overwrites the existing SolidWorks file.

  • Save with new name. Prompts you to save the file with a new name.

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