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Incomplete import of a large dxf file

Question asked by 1-P4HLXV on Feb 5, 2010
Latest reply on Feb 7, 2010 by Deepak Gupta

hi guys,


I was trying to import a quite large dxf file (over 10MB) which contains a lot of 3dface elements. I follow these steps:

  1. Launch SolidWorks 2009 sp5.0 education edition

  2. Select "Open"

  3. Choose file type "DXF"

  4. Select and Open file

  5. Choose "Import to Part"

  6. "Unites of Imported Data" is set to meters. (If I select Inches or other units, the import won't work at all)


  7. Click radio button "as 3D curves/model

  8. Click finish.

  9. It will pop-up a warning message:


"File contains large number of 3d face entities: import process may take significant time and may cause solidworks to run out of memory. Do you wish to skip 3dFaces?" In my case, I have to select NO.


Then it starts processing for about 8-10 mins, there will be many parts instead of one single part. The strange thing is, part of the geometry will always be MISSING!! I am not sure if it is due to the warning message as above or there is some other reasons??


I tried to open a smaller dxf file (less than 3MB) also contains 3dface elements, it appeared successful and the warning message did not come up, the import was also successful.


So, the next question is, is there any way to configure the memory Solidworks needs to use (if the memory warning is leading to incomplete import), so the warning message won't pop-up?


Please help!! I was working on this for a couple of days and getting nowhere...


Any suggestions will be very appreciated!!!