Is there a way to insert Adobe Illustrator files into a SolidWorks drawing?
I believe you need Adobe Illustrator loaded onto your computer to insert a native .ai file into SolidWorks. Then you would just go to the insert menu and select object or picture. I believe either would work. I don't have Adobe Illustrator, so I haven't actually done it..
No, SW only allows image files - png, jpg, etc. I have ai and use it to create labels and silkscreen artwork. Here's what I do if I want to use the artwork inside of SW for a label, silkscreen,etc.
1) Open up ai.
2) Open up the file.
3) Use the snipping tool (free!) inside Windows to capture the image and save it as png.
4) Insert png image into Solidworks decal.
Alternatively, if you have Adobe Pro, but don't have AI and want to use the ai file. You can open the file in Adobe Pro and save as image. This also works in the new Adobe DC - the cloud-based version of Adobe, which is pretty cool.
That's a great idea, Elise! I'm using ai for the same (labels & slikscreens) and I've been saving as png but am losing a lot of clarity. I will definitely try this. Thanks!
If Adobe Illustrator is loaded on the same systems as SolidWorks, the AI file can be opened in SolidWorks. I think the minimum version of Illustrator needed for this to work was CS3, although I could be off a version. It will come in on a sketch plane similar to opening a DXF/DWG file. From there, you could get it to show up in a drawing view if sketch visibility is turned on.
I don't think, as Elise indicates, there is any way to open an AI file directly into a drawing.
If you actually want the geometry in the drawing you would need to have an existing sketch in SolidWorks that contains the illustrator entities. If you don't have Illustrator on the same system as SolidWorks, or you cannot get it to open in SolidWorks, you could save it as a DXF or DWG from Illustrator. Then choose the plane you want to place it on in the active SolidWorks part and go to Insert menu and choose DXF/DWG.
If you want it in the drawing document, then when the drawing document is active, go to the Insert menu and choose DXF/DWG.
I have not been able to open the AI file directly in SolidWorks in a long time (several years, and using earlier versions of both SolidWorks and pre CC Adobe Illustrator) I have several versions of SolidWorks and Illustrator loaded on my system so that might be the problem.
Hi Chris, this is another great idea I hadn't thought of! I will try both methods and see which one gives me the best quality. Thanks!
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