I use AutoCAD 2018 and Solidworks 2017.
I am not able to copy readymade sketches from AutoCAD and paste directly as a sketch in Solidworks.
In earlier versions of both software, I could easily do that but not now.
Anyone experiencing same issue?
Try the same procedure but with DraftSight, which is more friendly to SolidWorks than ACAD.
AutoCAD changed formats with release 2018.
What happens if you set AutoCAD to save as earlier release?
Can you attach an example *.dwg that I can test?
ohh boy....I once heard that you could create sketches and save them as library features and then just drag and drop em onto a plane or other surface and then do what you want with them from cut to extrude...not that this is going to solve your problem but if you are using the same sketches in acad to bring into sw for different features....would you not want to use this function.
I can also see reasons why you would want to copy from acad to sw...and the copying of some complex profiles would be beneficial. what procedures have you tried to get the sketches to copy over......#1 thing I would try is to save the file to an older version of acad that I know would copy into sw.....
#2 try exploding any blocks and splines....
Great thought ... We haven't updated as of yet ourselves (latest version in house currently is 1 seat of ACAD_2017) and it would be good to test.
Jide, if possible even something as basic as a rectangle from 2018 would be great. I'm sure it would do the trick for testing.
Can you save the AutoCAD sketches as blocks and then drop the blocks into SW?
Saving drawings as earlier versions in AutoCAD doesn't solve the problem.
Blocks? No no.
As a quick and temporary fix, I've decided to download Draftsight as an intermediate.
So the path is:
AutoCAD -- Draftsight -- Solidworks.
I hope DS finds a fix to this issue.
I just stumbled across the same issue. I luckily still have Autocad 2015 installed on my system as well as Autocad 2018 so I just open the DWG file in 2015 and the copy paste works fine. I hope they fix this, I copy and paste sketches all the time
Is this working?
2017 SOLIDWORKS Help - Inserting DXF/DWG Files
I have the same issue, went from full Autocad to AutoCAD LT...
I used to be able to copy & paste, I cannot anymore though.
I now have to use the insert DWG/DXF option in a new sketch, can be fiddly as the AutoCAD datum will be placed on the Solidworks datum
J.Mather is correct. Autodesk has changed their dwg file format in AutoCad 2018 (AC1032 version) and is currently not supported. It has been reported as SPR#1025782 - "Translator - DXF, DWG: Support AutoCAD 2018 (AC1032) file format".
There are few possible workarounds:
Select all the necessary entities in AutoCAD and create a Wblock (export the objects to a dwg file), then import the newly created dwg file into SOLIDWORKS as a drawing or a sketch.
I cannot copy and paste from Draftsight 2017 x64 sp0 into a sketch, or as a new sketch onto a plane in SW2016SP5.
I have a recollection of being able to do this, but not in recent times. Its functionality I really miss and I'm not sure when it vanished.
Do I need draftsight professional or something?
If not, please describe the exact procedure click by click because I can't figure it out!
Oh, wait a minute - it has to be a copy with reference point. Then it works!
Personally instead of copy/paste I prefer to insert ACAD file.
The procedure is simple enough.
On the model select any flat surface or plane -> from drop down menu select: Insert -> DXF/DWG -> open you file-> follow SW guidance.
If use this way you can import selected layers, dimensions and constrains.
constraints? I never got that....I think it just auto applies constraints doesn't it? which it doesn't try to do if the dwg/dxf is too complex.
This is the screenshot:
Let me see follow the steps
It's Still working
I cannot do that from ACAD 2018
I can from ACAD 2017 though
You can copy/paste from any version of Autocad (or Autocad LT) prior to 2018. If your on an Autocad subscription you can request the older versions.
This is not the first time AutoCAD broke copy and paste into solidworks. I can confirm it works in 2017 but not in autocad 2018 (I have both installed)
However to save yourself a step, you can open up DWGs with Solidworks and it will convert the data, then you can simply copy and past the lines you want from the drawing into a solidworks sketch.
You can try this method which works fine for me.
draw the sketch in autocade with only one layer.there shall not be any other layer in the autocad drawing.
Then directly copy (Ctrl+c) from autocad and paste in solidworks (Ctrl+v) in sketch mode with a plane pre-selected.
Have you tried open/import DWG/DXF with SolidWorks, instead of copy/paste?
Copy & paste failed to work after 2019 update, maybe even earlier.
Jason Young wrote: Copy & paste failed to work after 2019 update, maybe even earlier.
Jason Young wrote:
Oddly enough ... While I was in agreement that it did not work some 2-1/2 years ago when I initially posted, I am happy to add that after installing ACAD LT 2020 it now works as it always had.
Ruben Balderrama wrote: Let me see follow the stepsCopy from one ACAD drawing (crtl+C) and paste (crtl+V) to a SW solidworks DrawingIf you need a profile copy from SW drawing (Crtl+C) and paste (crtl+V) to a part of SW if you need...It's working
Ruben Balderrama wrote:
Agreed … and though I cannot speak for all versions it does most definitely work when using ACAD LT 2020
I used to be able to do it and haven't been able to since upgrading AutoCAD. This is more than doubling the amount of work I need to do to convert Autocad geometry to Solidworks sketches. I have to copy-paste the geometry I want into a new Acad dwg, save it somewhere I can find it later, start a new sketch or pick a plane, then Insert - dxf/dwg (dxf is the default file filter so I have to change it to dwg each and every time ). Opening the dwg directly in Solidworks isn't much better. I have to dismiss a number of warning boxes. If there are several related AutoCAD parts in one dwg file, however, it's less work to open the .dwg in Solidworks as a 2D sketch then copy-paste what I want on to planes in my models - the sketch is created for me. I hope Solidworks can restore the old capability soon. With carpal tunnel, every extra mouse click/drag I have to make is literally a pain .
I'm working with ACAD2019 and SW2019. Just did a copy with basepoint and paste into a new part and it worked.
I have Acad 2019 and Swx 2017 and 2019. I tried it four times and the fourth try worked with regular copy clip - maybe through dumb luck . The first three tries I got the message "The item on the clipboard cannot be pasted here".
What is working for me, today anyway: copy geometry from Acad, in SWx start a new sketch on plane, click in the white space in the sketch window, then paste. The step click in the white space in the sketch window seems to be key. If the step is skipped, SWx thinks you're trying to paste on to a plane directly in the feature manager tree (which I remember I used to be able to do) and not into the open sketch. If this keeps working and I remember the trick the next time this will save me a lot of work .
Thanks for your post - it convinced me to keep trying.
Follow up. I tried paste into SWx 2019. The first few tries didn't work. I got no error message like "cannot be pasted here" but instead go a spinning donut for a few seconds as if SWx was thinking about pasting my stuff . It might be related to my setup - I have to point SWx to the default templates after startup as my options don't stick. I'm on a temporary PC working remotely so I live with that. I restarted SWx, checked my part template, and paste worked, either paste directly into a new part (defaults to Front plane) or start a new sketch, click in white space, then paste. I get a dialog "Do you want to convert entities to a 2D sketch?". I know there are workarounds such as insert dxf/dwg but copy paste is faster and less work. Acad is much faster for cleaning up geometry to prepare for SWx. e.g. delete, trim geometry to make a revolved boss.
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