How to Insert a DWG into Solid Edge

February 11, 2021


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How to Insert a DWG into Solid Edge

Need to insert your DWG into Solid Edge? Importing your DWG file into Solid Edge is an easy process to do. In today’s CAD tutorial, I’ll walk you through the process in Solid Edge.

Setting Up a New File for your DWG File

  1. Open up Solid Edge and create a New file.Import DWG into Solid Edge - Create New
  1. There are various types of part drawing type templates you can choose from. In this instance, we’re focusing on ANSI. Select ANSI inch on the left panel. Then, select a .dft file in the center panel. Hit ok.Import DWG into Solid Edge - Choose Part Drawing Type
  1. Drag and drop an existing sample drawing into Solid Edge.Drag and Drop DWG file
  1. You will now see an outlined preview of your drawing in red. Select the drawing and hold as you move to the desired location. Click outside the drawing to deselect.Your DWG file has now been inserted into the CAD sheet

Your DWG file has been successfully inserted into Solid Edge. Easy, huh?

Hiding the Background in the Drawing Sheet

At times, you may not want to keep the original background in your drawing sheet. This can easily be accomplished by modifying your sheet settings.

  1. On the bottom left of your view, notice there are 2 tabs – one labeled Sheet 1. Right click and select the Sheet Setup option.Right Click the tab to select Sheet Setup
  1. In the Background tab, you can toggle on/off whether you’d like to show or hide the background. In this example, we will toggle off the background option by unchecking the show background box.
  2. Save.
Toggle off if you want to hide the background in Solid Edge
Toggle off if you want to hide the background in Solid Edge.
When toggle is off, the background stays hidden.
When toggle is off, the background stays hidden.

Rescaling the Sheet to Your Imported DWG File in Solid Edge

You may have noticed there is a difference in your sheet dimension. While we’re in sheet setup settings, we can make readjustments to ensure proper sizing. If you are unsure about what sheet size to set it as, follow these next few steps.

  1. Let’s start with toggling the Show Background back on. Select ok.
  2. You should see the default background in the sheet again. On the bottom right corner, you’ll notice the size of your imported .dwg file. In this example, our .dwg file is a C size.Find the size of your drawing sheet in the background
  1. At the bottom tab (sheet 1), right click and open up the Sheet Setup.
  2. Select the size tab.
  3. In the Standard dropdown field, select C wide (22in x 17in).Select size of drawing sheet - insert DWG to Solid Edge
    1. Before you save your settings, don’t forget to toggle off the background in the background tab if you want to hide it. After making your preference, hit ok to save.
    2. To align your drawing in the sheet, simply select your part drawing. At the bottom left, drag the corner to the edge of the sheet.
Drag the corner of the dwg file to the edge of the drawing sheet
To align your part drawing, drag the corner to the edge of the sheet.
Final view of drawing in Solid Edge
The final view of your part drawing in Solid Edge.

Breaking Up Your Inserted Drawing Template

When you insert a .dwg file, the entire drawing is grouped together. Fortunately, breaking up the drawing into its own element is simple.

  1. On the sheet, select your drawing. Rightclick, and select Unblock to convert into elements.Select Unblock to Convert Elements in your Imported DWG
  1. Hover over one of your elements. Your drawings have now been converted and are ready for work.Unblocked Element from imported .dwg file via Solid Edge

And you’re all set!

Post by Michael Pinto

For over twenty years, Michael has worked first hand with NX in the aerospace and consumer goods industries, building skills like geometric dimensioning and tolerancing, 3D renderings, and computer aided product design in NX.

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