Iges files will only import into Solidworks as a simple block with no features. Depending on your version of Solidworks, you may have an add-in called Featureworks that will look at an imported model and rebuild it with features. It can be helpful on some imported items. For something simple (which your model sounds fairly simple), I would suggest just rebuilding the model yourself, as it would take longer to "fix" the current one than to build a new one.
Patrick, thanks for the imput. I did try the Featureworks and that did change it into a solidworks model but unfortunately I don't know how to manipulate auto-cad and could not modify the feature. Sigh . . . . .
Anyone else up for it?
If you now have a SW format model, why do you need to manipualte AutoCAD to modify anything?
Can you post your model or this dxf drawing?
One thought that comes to mind is if your boss is creating these in ACAD
use the insert>dwg/dxf option in part mode. Then it is inserted onto a plane.
Then yuse the contour select tool to create 3D geometry. Just make sure that
the sketch is a closed one or the contour select wont work.
Then you will be able to adjust the contour as needed.
Hope this helps you.
Patrick is correct. Remodeling is almost always the best way to go. All of our legacy data is either in Mechanical Desktop or Autocad and I find that it either takes longer to import than to remodel or it produces unsatisfatory results when I import.
You should request a dimensioned print (or at least a sketch or screenshot) if this will be happening often. If only to ensure the correct scale has survived the import process.
For simple changes the Move face tool can be used to manipulate dumb solids.
It depends on what kind of model, basic solid or smart feature based model. If a feature based model is output from DeskTop as STEP, you can open in SolidWorks but loose features & get an import1 file & then would have to use feature recognition. Same for other "exports" or save-as from AutoDesk products. If a "solid" is created with AutoCad you'll have very limited success in getting a smart feature based model from import / open routine only.
If you have the AutoDesk / DeskTop / AutoCad installed on the same box as SolidWorks, You can open in SolidWorks, set file type to DWG & SolidWorks will use the geometry engine in AutoDesk install to convert & rebuild the model, feature x feature & will bring it in as a smart, feature based model.
In some instances, scaling will be an issue as units will some times go metric, you can set SolidWorks to compensate (somes times) & other times return to DeskTop & scale up x 25.4. Then save it & retry the open with SolidWorks.
Some features may not come in correctly but on a complex part with a lot of geometry & features I have found it to save some time over complete re-model in SolidWorks.