I'm trying to find dimensions for this drawing but part of it is refusing to let me add dimensions. Could someone look at the file and maybe tell me whats going on? Also, this is Solidworks 2015.
Mason - I would select the lines you want to dimension from and convert entities and then dimension
I tried that but its not letting me chose the lines to convert.
Ok - Here is what you needed to do - open the dwg file and save as a dfx - then open with Solidworks - CORRECTION - Import new part as a 2D Sketch, then save it as a part file and drop that part file in the drawing.
However while you're in the drawing you will need to re-scale to actual size
I tried that, when I opened it as 3-D curves or model it just gave me a bunch of random dots all over the place
Did you open my drawing?
Did you save it as a dxf ?
I tried to open your drawing and this is what I got.
I really screwed up - I forgot to attach the part file - Check it out now
Either edit the block or explode the block, then dimension it.
I've tried both editing and exploding the block, neither allows me to add dimensions
Sometimes I find that I can't select block lines for dimensioning ( in drawings) , and I instead have to select corner points in order for the dimension tool to recognize it.
It's not letting me select the lines themselves OR the corners of said lines
That's why blocks suck
yep, this was a pre-existing drawing from before I started, I don't know why they used blocks
Yes, your block is glitched somehow but hey things happen.
Just did this and it works fine.
--Create a new layer and call it whatever ( mine is hidden)
--Click the block in question and turn the layer to hidden ( Using it for position then hiding it)
--Insert the block "A$C64434708" into a random place on your drawing. Hit Esc.
--Left click the new block and under "Parameters" turn the block scale from 1 to 0.530533. Yes it looks like it rounds to .53 but really it doesn't if you look closely .53 and 0.530533 are not the same. Its the scale on my drawing by the way. Yours may be different but this is how it imported in from the file you sent.
--Drag this new block over your old block and will make a coincident relation.
--Hide the old block now because it will get in the way. ( Click the lightbulb in layers)--Explode the block twice. Right click on any line. (There is a sub block inside a block which I don't get why they made it like that but oh well)
--Switch back to the layer you want for dimensions
--Now you can dimension
If you want the piece red use they layer options to turn it red.
ok..... I did what you said, and it didn't work, then I just inserted the block scaled it, then exploded it, but left it where it was placed, and it allowed me to dimension, something about the lines being on the actual drawing is causing me to not be able to dimension it
Did you hide the old block. It gets in the way and will not let you dimension.
I think I did, I hid the layer that I changed it to
Whole lot less steps to;
open a dwg -
save it as a dfx -
open as a 2D sketch in SW -
Save as a part -
Insert in the drawing -
I do like John's solution - I've never considered the possibility of inserting a part with only sketches (and no features) into a drawing. I'll remember that one.
I use that a lot to show profiles of buildings, trucks, trains.
I didn't like my solution or his so I dove back into your drawing.
This is rookie mistake and I can't believe I didn't catch it. You have only 1 view over the entire sheet. Problem is you have 3 blocks not apart of the view. What happened was the person dragged the block in off the view then dragged it into position for these 3 blocks.
Notice the 3rd picture shows the border of your view turns orange because it will now be locked to that view.
In my first solution I must of inadvertently dragged into the view and you didn't. That's why mine worked and yours didn't.
You can't dimension from one view to another unless someone has a trick I don't know of.
Turn Automatic Solve back on (F10) and you'll be able to edit the block and add dimensions like you want to.
How are you selecting through the view? Wanted to learn something new but I have Auto on but I can't get through the view.
To add the dimension, right-click on the Block, select "Edit block", add the dimension to the geometry, exit the block (button in the confirmation corner).
In your case, I set the block scale to 1/12 so that dimension features would look normal. You can do this, but make sure you uncheck the 'scale dimensions' checkbox in the property manager (select the block to display it).
if you want to add the dimension without editing the block, then place a couple of sketch points on the block and dimension between those.
Just make sure, if you do it this way, that your block scale is 100% and your sheet scale is 1:12
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