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

We must:

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.

See also: SolidWorks Type Libraries.

Part-Editor ONLY: 'Import SOLIDWORKS Sketch FB'


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 Added-Part, or the Base-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.


In SolidWorks...

STEP 2: A sketch must be active in SolidWorks.

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.


In MechDesigner...

If necessary, edit the Part to which you added the Import SOLIDWORKS Sketch FB

In this image, the Import SOLIDWORKS Sketch FB is grey. This is because the Mechanism-Editor is active.

The Import SOLIDWORKS sketch FB is a child to the Part.

Thus you must edit the Part to which you originally added the to use the FB.


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

1.Edit the Part to which you added the Import SOLIDWORKS Sketch FB.

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 is open.

STEP 4: 'Import SOLIDWORKS Sketch FB' 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 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

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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