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Copy and Paste a SolidWorks Drawing directly into Draftsight or AutoCAD

May 17th, 2011

I recently came across a Youtube video showing how in SolidWorks 2007, a drawing view (2D) could be copied and pasted directly from SolidWorks into DWGEditor (now called 2D Editor). As DraftSight is the new free 2D CAD Tool, I wanted to see if this would work in SolidWorks 2011 and Draftsight.

It does work, and very nicely.
If you want to quickly copy a SolidWorks Drawing View into Draftsight/AutoCAD/DWG without having to go Saving As a DWG etc. this tip will save time.

Copy from SolidWorks to DWG / Draftsight
  1. Select the Drawing View in SolidWorks
  2. Edit (drop-down menu) -> Copy to DWG Format
  3. Go to Draftsight
  4. Edit (drop-down menu) -> Paste
  5. Left Click to Paste the View into Draftsight

 

Select Drawing View in SW -> Edit Menu -> Copy to DWG Format -> Go to CAD -> Edit -> Paste

Of course the reverse is equally true. You can copy and paste directly from Draftsight DWG into a new Sketch in SolidWorks. CTRL+C and CTRL+V make things nice and easy.

Copy from DWG / Draftsight to SolidWorks
  1. Window select what you want to copy in Draftsight/CAD
  2. Press CTRL+C
  3. Go to SolidWorks
  4. Create a New Part
  5. Create a New Sketch
  6. Left Click into the Graphics Area
  7. Press CTRL+V
  8. Zoom out
About Draftsight

Just a quick word on draftsight. It is a free 2D CAD Program which will let you open and save all version of AutoCAD. Its interface is very similar to AutoCAD with layers, grid, layouts and object tracking (called etrack). I remember using AutoSketch in 1999 which I got from a Computer Magazine, to draw up go-kart plans. If I had Draftsight back then, things would have been a lot easier. Draftsight is available for Windows, Apple MACs and also Ubuntu Linux. Head to www.draftsight.com to download your copy now.

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Default Templates for Novice Interface

January 14th, 2011

Here is a little nuisance I came across recently:

When changing the templates that the novice interface uses, it was a little tricky. It turns out that the Novice Interface selects the first alphabetical template.

I had thought it would have used the Default Templates under Tools -> Options -> Default Templates, but I was mistaken.

So if your templates are stored in: C:\ProgramData\SolidWorks\SolidWorks 2011\templates, and you want a new Drawing, it will select the first alphabetical drawing template (*.drwdot) in that folder.
To verify and check where your templates are stored: Tools -> Options -> File Locations -> Document Templates

Personally I always use the Advanced interface, but to each his/her own.

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Cosmetic Threads in Assembly Drawings

June 23rd, 2010

I did come across this before, but forgot about it. Putting it here will remind me not to forget it again.

Query: Cosmetic threads do not appear in Assembly Drawings.

  1. Create a Part with a Hole Wizard Hole with Cosmetic Thread.
  2. Create a Drawing of the Part, the Cosmetic Thread shows up in Plan, Elevation, Section etc.
  3. Create an Assembly with the above Part.
  4. Create a Drawing of the Assembly, Cosmetic Threads do not show by default.

The SolidWorks Knowledge Base provided a quick answer (S-03448). The above functionality is intended. If you want to see cosmetic threads in Assembly Drawings, you have to go Insert -> Model Items -> Cosmetic Thread

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