Can I convert a pdf into a solidworks drawing?
You can just paste the PDF onto a SolidWorks drawing, but it will not be editable.
If you are trying to get an editable drawing, the only thing I can think of is to convert it to a dxf and then open that dxf in SolidWorks and save the SolidWorks drawing.
I have found a few online PDF to dxf converters that will do the conversion to dxf for you.
Can I open the dxf file using "Open with" option?
I believe the best way would be to open it from inside SW. Or you can have SW open and drag the file into the SW window and it will open that way.
By using these methods, SW will start a DXF translation wizard that gives you additional options that a "open with" will not give you.
When trying to drag the file into solidworks, I get a message saying that I need Adobe Illustrator version CS3 or later. Do you have any familiarity with this software?
Are you dragging a PDF or DXF into SolidWorks?
Oh, sorry. If you bring a PDF into a SolidWorks drawing, it will not be editable. It will just be a "picture". To bring that into a drawing, follow these steps:
Unfortunately I don't have the Solidworks drawing for this PDF. I only have the PDF and want to convert it into a Solidworks drawing.
I would highly suggest that you convert the PDF to DXF. That way you would be able to edit it somewhat inside SW. Or, you can take the time to recreate it in SW.
I have used the online converter Zamzar - video converter, audio converter, image converter, eBook converter with pretty good success. As always...use at your own risk.
I agree with Tom on his comment about the way PDF to DXF conversions work and the results they give...buyer beware!
It's official...I am now being moderated. Here is my previous comment, just in case.
I would not drag and drop to open. Start a Part. Select a Plane. Use: Insert > DXF/DWG... and proceed through that series of dialog boxes.
Furthermore, I'm pleasantly surprised at the free PDF to DXF utilities. I'll have to look into those before my next hardware refresh. Thanks.
What I have used for many years, even before using SWx, is a PDF to DWG converter called Print2CAD. I'm still using a 2011 version. I commonly insert DWG's into a sketch on a plane from a cutsheet or manual image to represent products manufactured by others.
The company that makes this has developed and expanded its offerings since then. They even offer a low-cost 2D/3D CAD program now (CADdirect) which I have not assessed as a potential replacement for Draftsight because it is not free.
Either way, beware of vectorization results from pixelated PDFs. Some come through well and others are very poor quality, depending on content properties. Another common issue is when a curve imports as dozens or hundreds of tiny segments. It is a great way to accomplish Garbage In.
I have used Zamzar - video converter, audio converter, image converter, eBook converter with some pretty good success. As always...use at your own risk.
I do agree Tom, garbage in...garbage out.
can you convert a pdf into a SolidWorks Drawing? Yep you can. make a model from the pdf then make the drawing.
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