We have been making a transition from AutoCAD to SolidWorks, and I have been trying to figure out a way to have dimensions as part of a drawing template I'm creating. In AutoCAD I was able to have dimensions not connected to any lines or geometry. This allowed me to import geometry then drag the prenamed dimensions to the points the dimensions needed to be connected to. This way I was able to save a significant amount of time. A design table then had all of the dimensions manually added to it. The geometry comes from MasterCAM X6 in the form of a .DWG file and is inserted using the Insert/DWG feature in solidworks.
Normally for this kind of thing I would just use a solid model, but I have not found a way of importing models from MasterCAM that allows for effective dimensioning. Any thoughts here?
I've included a picture that outlines what the AutoCad template looks like. The table usually has several parts.