I have a Solidworks drawing that contains two images as sketch pictures. When I save the drawing as a .dxf or .dwg format, the images become embedded in the resulting file and are not displayed. Is there a setting that is missing?
That has been my experience as well. I have not tried to trouble shoot it.
You could try PDF if another format would be acceptable, that does work for me.
I think I found the issue. If I add a picture using the 'Insert: Picture' it adds a Sketch picture which does not translate to an identifiable package when I export to dxf or dwg.
However, if I add an object "Insert: Object" and select "Paintbrush Picture" it allows me to add a picture that is a recognizable OLE object in a dxf or dwg drawing.
It's obviously the Sketch picture container that is causing the problem. Thanks Stavros and Chris for your comments. I will stick to using the Insert : Object tool from here on in. If I just blindly cut and paste a picture into a Solidworks drawing, it always comes in as a Sketch Picture.
Appreciate the help.
Does the DXF/DWG then link to the bitmap, so that it must be included as an additional file along with the DXF/DWG?
I'm not sure if it needs to be included. I'll try to open it up on a different computer. I'm sure the picture becomes embedded in the document and wouldn't require the image to be sent along as a separate file.
When I use a sketch picture, the image in the dxf file just shows up as a placeholder:
Yeah, that's exactly what I get. I am curious about the OLE method you mentioned, so I'd be interested in hearing how it works when you find out how the DXF/DWG reads in another app.
EDIT, Sorry, I'm a bit brain dead this morning, of course you opened the file in another app besides SolidWorks.
Some applications in addition to Autocad let you place images and edit/examine blocks or X-refs in the file. (I'm not sure if Dassault's free Draftsight will allow that). You might also be able to correct or add the image that way.
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