How Do I Import a Drawing Into SolidWorks?

So, you have a drawing that you want to import into SolidWorks? Well, you’re in luck!

SolidWorks makes it incredibly easy to bring external drawings into your modeling environment. In this tutorial, we’ll walk through the step-by-step process of importing a drawing into SolidWorks.

Step 1: Launch SolidWorks

First things first, open up SolidWorks on your computer. If you don’t have it installed already, make sure to download and install the software from the official SolidWorks website.

Step 2: Create a New Part or Assembly

To import your drawing into SolidWorks, you’ll need to have a part or assembly file open. If you already have an existing project that you want to import the drawing into, simply open that file. Otherwise, create a new part or assembly by going to File > New > Part/Assembly.

Step 3: Go to ‘Insert’ Tab

Once you have your part or assembly file open in SolidWorks, navigate to the Insert tab located at the top of the software interface.

Step 4: Click on ‘DXF/DWG’ Option

In the Insert tab, look for the ‘DXF/DWG’ option in the CAD Drawing section. Click on it to proceed with importing your drawing.

Step 5: Browse for Your Drawing File

A dialog box will appear asking you to browse for the drawing file that you want to import. Use this dialog box to navigate to the location where your drawing is saved on your computer and select it.

Step 6: Adjust Import Settings

After selecting your drawing file, SolidWorks will present you with a few import settings that you can adjust according to your requirements. These settings include Unit System, Import Mode, and Layer Mapping. Make sure to review these settings and modify them if needed.

Step 7: Import the Drawing

Once you are satisfied with the import settings, click on the ‘Open’ button to import the drawing into your SolidWorks model. The drawing will now appear in your workspace.

Step 8: Scale and Position the Drawing

Now that you have imported the drawing, you might need to adjust its scale and position within your part or assembly. Use the appropriate SolidWorks tools and commands to scale and position the drawing as required.

Step 9: Save Your Work

Finally, don’t forget to save your work! Go to File > Save (or press Ctrl + S) to save your SolidWorks file with the imported drawing.


  • If you encounter any issues while importing a drawing into SolidWorks, make sure that the drawing file is compatible with SolidWorks. Commonly supported formats include DXF and DWG.
  • In case of complex drawings or drawings with multiple layers, you may need to spend some time cleaning up and organizing the imported elements within SolidWorks.
  • SolidWorks provides various tools for editing imported drawings, such as trimming lines, converting entities, and adding dimensions. Explore these tools to further refine your model.

And there you have it! You now know how to import a drawing into SolidWorks. With this knowledge, you can easily incorporate external drawings into your SolidWorks projects and take full advantage of the software’s powerful modeling capabilities.