Create a Drawing

Drawings consist of one or more views generated from a part or assembly.

A part or assembly must be saved before creating its associated drawing.

Creating a Drawing From Within a Part or Assembly Document

To create a drawing from within a part or assembly document:

  1. Click Make Drawing from Part/Assembly (Standard toolbar or New flyout menu).
  2. Select options for Sheet Format/Size, then click OK.
  3. Drag views from the View Palette into the drawing sheet, and set options in the PropertyManager.

Creating a New Drawing

To create a new drawing:

  1. Click New tool_New_Standard.gif (Standard toolbar) or File > New.
  2. In the New SOLIDWORKS Document dialog box, select Drawing , then click OK.
  3. Select options for Sheet Format/Size, then click OK.
  4. In the Model View PropertyManager, select a model from Open documents or browse to a part or assembly file.
  5. Specify options in the PropertyManager, then place the view in the graphics area.

Saving Drawing Documents

Drawing file names have the extension .slddrw. A new drawing takes the name of the first model inserted. The name appears in the title bar. When you save the drawing, the name of the model appears in the Save As dialog box as the default file name, with the default extension .slddrw. You can edit the name before saving the drawing document.