does anyone know why the import data from file (under Sketcher) does
not bring in simple 2d dwg files??? i am designing a cabinet with
crown molding and want to import in a 2d drawing created in autocad of
a simple 3.5 inch crown molding profile. I tried everything, but still
Help / Data Exchange / Interface / Working with Data Exhange Formats /
DXF and DWG / Importing DXF and DWG. Look for dwg version.
Quit messing with that niche market formats and export IGES or STEP.
Usually because drawing files are not that simple and contain lots of
extraneous data, like dimensions, line weights, multiple views, formats,
colors, none of which are easily translated into a section sketch.
Pro/e has a built in utility called AutobuildZ that uses the information
from multiview drawings to produce solid parts. The views generally require
some cleanup but much of it is automated so that you wind up with truly
simple geometry that can provide the basis for extrusions and other
Look in the Sketch menu for Data from File. In the Type dropdown, you'll see
that there are but 5 types that are supported for import. DWG is one of
them. Pick that as your selection filter and you should see your drawing
THANKS DAVID FOR THE INFO
I DID EXACTLY THAT AND FOR SOME REASON CAN NOT READ IN THE SIMPLE DWG.
THE FILE IS JUST A CROSS SECTION OF A PC OF CROWN MOLDING , NOTHING
ELSE, NO DIMS , MULTIPLE VIEWS ETC..
I TRIED READING A DWG FILE AND THE SCREEN FLASHES BUT NOTING COMES
IN.??? I WILL LOOK INTO THE AUTOBUILDZ PROGRAM, THANKS
Typically, when I absolutely have to, I create external sections as
iges, then isert - from file. I then sketch on top of them, as they
often have holes & overlaps which make them unsuitable for directly
Well, now that I look at the subject where you mentioned ACAD 2007, it's
entirely possible that Pro/e, which was published first, doesn't support it.
Better, as others have mentioned, to export to a neutral file format, like
IGES. This is also supported for import into sketcher.
On the last point? Yeah, I gotta agree. STEP or IGES, where ever you can use
them. In this cases, since we're talking about something very particular ~
importing a section into sketcher ~ only IGES will work (and SEC, DRW, DWG
and AI). These are the five that 'Sketch>Data from file' recognize as
translatable 2D sections. Sorry, STEP is not among the recognized 2D
sketched formats. Nor is DXF. If we were talking about opening 2D data in a
Pro/e drawing, more data formats would be available. But this case is not
that direct or simple.
Assuming you have Autocad 2007, open the file and save it in an
earlier version of Autocad. (Also while in Acad clean up the file so
it is just the lines you need - explode everything, purge all your old
layers and line styles etc.)
If that doesn't import, you can import the file into drawing mode and
save it in Iges. You can then import the iges file into a part and use
the edges in your sketch. If you want it parametric just delete the
sketcher references so all the entities are independent.