trying to import an autocad drawing template, into solidworks, with some degree of success, but still not right.
How i set this as the default template? do i need to change the file format from DWg to Slddrt?
your help is appreciated
Welcome to the forum. First of all drawing templates and sheet formats are two distinct file types in SolidWorks. Please see #2 at Frequently Asked Forum Questions for more information on that. I assume you're importing a title block from AutoCAD. To do that, start with a blank drawing sheet (or start with an existing sheet, right-click on a blank part, choose "Edit sheet format", and delete all unwanted entities). Import the AutoCAD title block while in "Edit sheet format" mode. Adjust it as needed, exist "Edit sheet format" mode, and save the sheet format. Next save your drawing template so that new drawings begun with this drawing template will use this new sheet format.
Please let me know if this helps, or if you need more information or have more questions.
Hi Glenn, thanks for the reply, this is all new to me, so struggling a bit!!
Managed to get the template into solidworks but when I select , make drawing from part/assembly,
my template is in the left hand corner?? See attached image.
your help is much appreciated
It looks like that title block is much larger than the sheet size. Can you save that drawing (without a drawing view inserted) and post it here? Click on the black text "Use advanced editor" at upper right of the Reply box, then there will be a link at lower right to attach files, or attach it to your first post.
Looks like my struggles back in the day........
After trying different things over the years, I would recommend just taking the time and making your own, blocks have varied results, plus you would definitely want to have your part or assembly custom properties automatically fill out the drawing.. It really doesn't take that long to draw some lines and add notes...
Much easier to set up from scratch. Just constrain your lines using dimensions on a hidden layer. Once you have the first one done, the other sizes are easy.
I haven't tried the title block wizz-bang things in '16..... we aren't on 16 yet for some odd reason. But you could look into the help documents to get started.
I have to agree with Craig and John.
Just as easy to set your own up and have the Title block linked to properties so they are automatically filled in.
I have A0, A1 and A3, Assembly drawings an A4 & A3 part drawing. so pretty much covered depending on what I am doing.
Each one takes information differently depending on which one I am using.
So a parts drawing takes info from the Parts custom properties.The assembly drawing will take info from the drawings custom properties.
Also don't forget to save your sheet format as well as the actual Drawing Template.
Mark (SolidWorks 2016 sp4).
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