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

The Import SOLIDWORKS sketch FB is a child of the Part to which you add

In summary:

1.Edit a Part with the Part-Editor
2.Add the Import SOLIDWORKS Sketch FB to the Part.
3.Edit the Import SOLIDWORKS Sketch FB
4.Import the sketch from SOLIDWORKS

See also: SolidWorks Type Libraries.



Part-Editor > Geometry toolbar > Import SOLIDWORKS Sketch FB

Add menu: Import SOLIDWORKS Sketch FB


STEP 1: Edit a Part, and add an Import SOLIDWORKS Sketch FB
1.Edit an Part: (the Base-Part or an Added-Part)

You will import the SOLIDWORKS sketch on to this Part.

3.Click the graphic-area

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

The Import SOLIDWORKS Sketch FB is a child to the part.


In SolidWorks...

If necessary, add a sketch to a plane, save the SolidWorks Part

STEP 2: A sketch must be active in SOLIDWORKS.
1.Edit a SOLIDWORKS sketch to make it the 'active-sketch'

This image shows an active sketch in SOLIDWORKS.



This image shows the icon of the Import SOLIDWORKS sketch FB in the Mechanism-Editor.

The icon is not colorized, to indicate you cannot edit it.

To be able to edit the Import SOLIDWORKS sketch FB, you must edit the Part to which it is a child.


STEP 3: To open the 'Import SOLIDWORKS Sketch FB' dialog-box

1.Edit the Part in which the Import SOLIDWORKS Sketch FB is a child - see STEP 1

The Import SOLIDWORKS sketch FB icon becomes colorized.

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

or see How to open a dialog-box

The Import SOLIDWORKS Sketch dialog-box is open


STEP 4: Import SOLIDWORKS Sketch dialog-box:

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

1.Click button 2s. The name of the:
Document name in CAD5s: shows the active document name in SolidWorks
Sketch name in SOLIDWORKS6s: 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

If you edit the same sketch in SOLIDWORKS, you can:

3.Click button 4s to Refresh

Note: Click button 1s to clear the 'Document name' and the 'sketch-name' from 5s & 6s

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

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