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svg to sketch implementation

table38table38 Member Posts: 14 EDU
Autocad DWG and DXF are very restrictive it would be ideal to permit users to import SVG directly as a sketch such as the Autocad formats currently are. SVG should not be resized and be kept the original size it was exported, currently Onshape has very poor SVG implementation as it entirely resizes imported SVG drawings on import to a sketch.


  • Jake_RosenfeldJake_Rosenfeld Moderator, Onshape Employees, Developers Posts: 1,646
    edited May 2019

    SVG does not really have any inherent "size".  Any sizes available in an SVG file are measured in pixels, not inches or millimeters.  The point of the SVG format is that it is a vector image which can be displayed faithfully at any size, it is not a raster image like a JPG or a PNG.  Even with the information about the default pixel size of the SVG, the Onshape workspace is in real world length units.  There is no great way to convert pixels to inches, it will always have to be a guess.

    If you know how large you want the SVG to be after importing, you can add a dimension across its width or height to specify the amount of space it should occupy.

    What program are you exporting from?
    Jake Rosenfeld - Modeling Team
  • table38table38 Member Posts: 14 EDU
    Typically its exported from inkscape however dimensions can be added via onshape after importing svg into a sketch.
  • owen_sparksowen_sparks Member, Developers Posts: 2,660 PRO
    Heck yes, SVG isn't an "engineering" drawing format.
    Business Systems and Configuration Controller
    HWM-Water Ltd
  • jelte_steur814jelte_steur814 Member Posts: 43 PRO
    definately useful and required for logo's etc
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