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.
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:
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?
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.
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....
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.
Let me see follow the steps
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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.
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