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Solidworks 2d floor plans for industrial building

Question asked by Mattew Stafford on Jan 4, 2017
Latest reply on Jan 4, 2017 by Glenn Schroeder

My company is currently using a combination of Solidworks and AutoCAD for our part data and floor plans.  Most of our equipment drawings are created in AutoCAD with assistance from creating views in solidworks and exporting them to .dwg.  Due to learning curve, shifting from AutoCAD to Solidworks for 2d drawings has been slow.  We have several models of buildings & equipment that are used in a similar fashion.  For instance, the columns, ductworks & surrounding equipment are drawn in 3d, then exported into AutoCAD for 2d drawing purposes.  AutoCAD has the benefits of layers, changing colors on specific lines, etc., but the obvious disadvantage of modifying things in different views on multiple drawings if there is a dimensional change to an object.

Is anybody utilizing Solidworks for floor plans?  If so, what are some steps that are required in order to make the transition?  One thing I noticed is that, if I have several columns in a row and I am looking in an end view, it seems like Solidworks shows all of the columns in an elevation view.