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Saving Autocad drg border template into SW2007

Saving Autocad drg border template into SW2007

How do I do this. The drawing template is a multilayered DWG file. When I try to open it in SW2007 it goes through the "Create SW Drg Wizard (I have to play about with the scale something rotten). But when I try to save Sheet Format it all disapears. I've tried all afternoon to save it in different template formats but nothings working. When I try a slddrt then open it it all crashes.
Can you boffins out there help me on this one.

RE: Saving Autocad drg border template into SW2007

First I thought you mis-spelled "buffoons" smile

Try opening the template, highlight the border and all it's text, ctrl+C then paste it onto a drawing sheet in SW.   


RE: Saving Autocad drg border template into SW2007

As with many/most/all DWG or DXF drawings, it's usually better and quicker in the long run to recreate in SW.

Are you in the Edit Sheet Format mode when inserting the DWG file?

RE: Saving Autocad drg border template into SW2007

As CBL noted, use Edit Sheet Format.
This is a very common mistake.

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RE: Saving Autocad drg border template into SW2007

Sorry Lads, nothing working. Either I can't control the scale or it will only scale the lines & all the annotations are not scaled. I think I might draw it all again.
Can you flatten multi layers to one layer - that might help?

RE: Saving Autocad drg border template into SW2007

What you are experiencing is why I don't bother trying to use DWG's for anything; especially for something as simple as a sheet format border.

RE: Saving Autocad drg border template into SW2007

I've found it easier to modify an existing template to look like the old acad version or if you still maintain acad drawings make it distinctly different to readily distinguish between drawings created by the different cad systems.

RE: Saving Autocad drg border template into SW2007

Or use DwgEditor or AutoCAD to flatten and scale the border the way you want it prior to trying to put it into SolidWorks.

-handleman, CSWP (The new, easy test)

RE: Saving Autocad drg border template into SW2007

Thanks to all.
I drew it all again - far easier

RE: Saving Autocad drg border template into SW2007

A star for you, for stating the obvious. We tried importing AutoCAD templates into SolidWorks 11 years ago. After months of fight it, I sat down and redrew the SolidWorks template to match what we had been doing in AutoCAD.

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