4 Replies Latest reply on Nov 4, 2009 2:12 PM by Anna Wood

    DXF/DWG Import Issues

      Hi Users,

      I am experiencing difficulties when importing a dxf file into a sketch.

      I have a dxf file (600kb) which is constructed of many splines and curves.

      A series of lines which resemble leaves (hence all the curves/splines/arcs)

      It will be a extrude cut out of a sheet.


      Anyway my approach has been to either open in dwg editir then cut and paste into the sketch.

      Or alternatively open in drawing file and iset from drawing view.


      As previuosly suggested in the forums, SW is trying to build the lines all separetly.

      What happens then is SW and my PC just crash and cannot deal with all the information.


      Any suggestions on how I can get the file size down and less complex whilst still retaining the desired output.

      Kind Regards


        • Re: DXF/DWG Import Issues
          Deepak Gupta
          Mark without looking at the file it may not be easy to say anything. Can you upload the file.
            • Re: DXF/DWG Import Issues

              Hi Deepak,

              Thanks for your reply.

              I have attached the dwg.



                • Re: DXF/DWG Import Issues
                  Deepak Gupta

                  Mark, what SW version and SP you running on your machine.


                  I was able to open the file directly in SW09 SP 4.1 and import it in a new part file. Though I got some import errors but it was successful in the end.

                    • Re: DXF/DWG Import Issues
                      Anna Wood



                      Try this in SolidWorks.


                      File > Open > Change File Type to DWG > Select your dwg > On Import Wizard Select 'Import to a new part > Select Next >  Select Next > Select Finish


                      You should get an error message that you have 10 points out of the modeling limits.  You have data in your dwg file that is outside the geometric limits of the model space in SolidWorks.  Get rid of this data and I bet you will be able to import.


                      You should be able to see this when in DwgEditor or AutoCAD you select zoom extents and you can no longer see your data because it is so small trying to show the entire model space and the extra ten points somewhere in the dataset.


                      I am using SW2008 SP5.


                      What version and SP of SolidWorks are you using?


                      What are your computer system specs?