Geometry | Add Import SOLIDWORKS Sketch FB

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Geometry | Add Import SOLIDWORKS Sketch FB

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 may be difficult.

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


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

We must:

1.Add the Import SOLIDWORKS sketch FB to a Part in the Part-Editor.

2.Edit the Import SOLIDWORKS sketch FB

3.Import the active SOLIDWORKS sketch.

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

Add the Import SOLIDWORKS sketch FB to the graphic-area.


Toolbar :

Part-Editor : Geometry toolbar


Part-Editor : Add menu >  Import SOLIDWORKS sketch


Before you can use this command, a sketch must 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.


STEP 1: Edit a Part, and add an Import SOLIDWORKS Sketch FB:

1.Edit a Part

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

2.Click Geometry toolbar > Import SOLIDWORKS Sketch icon

3.Click the graphic-area

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

To import the SolidWorks sketch


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

The Import SolidWorks sketch FB becomes active / colorized.

The Import SOLIDWORKS sketch FB is gray if the

Mechanism-Editor is active,


You edit a different Part


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

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

- or -

1.See, How to Open a Dialog-Box

The Import SOLIDWORKS Sketch dialog-box opens.

R14 : Import SOLIDWORKS sketch dialog-box

R14 : Import SOLIDWORKS sketch dialog-box

STEP 3.Use the Import SOLIDWORKS Sketch FB dialog-box:

1.In SOLIDWORKS... edit the sketch you want to import, so that it is the 'active sketch'.

2.In MechDesigner... click button Red-14-2. The name of the:

Document name in CAD Red-14-5 shows the SolidWorks active document name

Sketch name in SOLIDWORKS Red-14-6 shows the name of the active sketch in the SolidWorks feature-tree

Button Red-14-3 becomes colorized.

3.Click button Red-14-3  

WAIT until the SOLIDWORKS sketch shows in the MechDesigner graphic area.

Button Red-14-4 becomes colorized

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

4.Click button Red-14-4 to Refresh

Note: Click button Red-14-1b to clear the Document name and the sketch-name from Red-14-5 & Red-14-6



To import a new sketch:

Click ButtonRed-14-1b to clear an existing 'CAD DocumentRed-14-5' and 'Feature Name of CAD Sketch'Red-14-6 from the dialog-box.

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

See also: Install Type Libraries