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SolidWorks eDrawings Export Options

You can set the export options when you export SolidWorks documents as SolidWorks eDrawings files.

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.

To set the eDrawings export options:

  1. Click File, Save As.

  2. Set Save as type to eDrawings (<eDrawing_file_type>), then click Options.

    The eDrawings translator displays an eDrawings file type based on the open document: eDrawings (*.edrw) for drawings, eDrawings (*.eprt) for parts, or eDrawings (*.easm) for assemblies.

  3. Select from the options described below, then click OK.

  4. Click Save to export the document.

Okay to measure this eDrawings file. Recipients can measure the geometry in the SolidWorks eDrawings Viewer.

Allow export to STL for parts and assemblies. Recipients can save it as an STL file from the eDrawings Viewer.

Save shaded data in drawings (drawings only). Saves shaded and draft quality data from the SolidWorks drawing document. When cleared, shaded and draft quality views are omitted from the eDrawings file.

You must also select Save tessellated data for drawings with shaded and draft quality views in Options , Drawings before you can export this data.

Save table features to eDrawings file. If the part or assembly document you are saving includes bills of materials or Titleblock tables, select to include this information in the exported eDrawings file.

Save Motion Studies to eDrawings file. For models with SolidWorks Motion Studies. Saving motion studies can increase file size and creation time:

  • Save each motion study in every configuration. The out of date motion studies are automatically recalculated before exporting to eDrawings.

  • Save only in last calculated configuration. The configuration of the most recently calculated motion study is used. Select Recalculate the motion study if the results are out of date to recalculate any out of date motion studies in that configuration before exporting.

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