Why 'Import a SOLIDWORKS sketch'?

It is easy to add complex geometry to a sketch in SolidWorks. To do the same complex geometry in MechDesigner would be difficult.

It is convenient to be able to import those complex SolidWorks sketches directly on to a Part.

Import SOLIDWORKS Sketch FB

We use the tool 'Import SOLIDWORKS sketch' in the Part-Editor to import an active sketch of a SOLIDWORKS document.

We must:

1.Add the Import SOLIDWORKS sketch FB to the Part in the Part-Editor.
2.Edit the Import SOLIDWORKS sketch FB
3.Import the sketch.

Add the Import SOLIDWORKS sketch FB

Icon-ImportSWSketch

Part Local toolbar > Import SOLIDWORKS Sketch FB

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Before you can use this command, a sketch must be active in SOLIDWORKS.

STEP 0: You need a sketch to be active in SolidWorks.

1.If necessary, add a sketch to a plane
2.Save the Part
3.Edit the sketch to make it 'active'

This image shows an active sketch in SOLIDWORKS.

Add-ImportSWSketch-FB

STEP 1: Edit a Part to add an 'Import SOLIDWORKS Sketch FB':

1.Edit a Part

This becomes the Part onto which you will import the SOLIDWORKS sketch.

3.Click the graphic-area

The 'Import SOLIDWORKS Sketch FB' is now in the graphic-area.

Import SOLIDWORKS Sketch

'Import SOLIDWORKS Sketch FB' in Mechanism-Editor

The FB is grey if you edit a different Part or the Mechanism-Editor is active.

The Import SOLIDWORKS sketch FB is a child to the Part. Thus, you must edit the Part to use the FB.

 

ImportSWsketchFB

STEP 2: To open the 'Import SOLIDWORKS Sketch FB' dialog-box

1.If necessary, editt the Part, to which the Import SOLIDWORKS sketch FB is a child, again.

The 'Import SolidWorks sketch FB' becomes active.

Use any method to open its dialog-box. For example:

2.Double-click the Import SOLIDWORKS sketch FB in the graphic-area.

The Import SOLIDWORKS Sketch dialog-box opens - see next image

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STEP 3: 'Import SOLIDWORKS Sketch FB' dialog-box:

Make sure the sketch that you want to import from SOLIDWORKS is the 'active sketch'.

1.Click button 2sThe name of the:
'Document name in CAD' box5s shows the SolidWorks active document name
'Sketch name in SOLIDWORKS'6s shows the name of the active sketch in the SolidWorks feature-tree
Button 3s becomes colorized.
2.Click button 3s
WAIT until the SOLIDWORKS sketch shows in the MechDesigner graphic area.
Button 4s becomes colourised
3.Click button 4s to update the sketch if you have changed it in SolidWorks

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Notes:

Click Button1s-red to clear an existing 'CAD Document5s' and 'Feature Name of CAD Sketch6-R-small' from the dialog-box.

Then you can import a new sketch from SolidWorks in addition to the original model.

When you import a sketch from SolidWorks, the sketch-elements do not have dimensions or constraints.


This image shows the active sketch that is in SOLIDWORKS now in the MechDesigner graphic-area.


See Install Type Libraries ; Tutorial 8: Import DXF Drawings ; Tutorials 19: Import SOLIDWORKS Document.

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