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Why wont a dxf file load into part studio?

dave_ringerdave_ringer Member Posts: 1
I would like to use a file that i have already drawn in 2d and model it in part studio.


  • viruviru Member, Developers Posts: 619 ✭✭✭✭
    @dave_ringer, User can insert DXF file into sketch of any part.  Please refer below detail to insert DXF file into part studio.

    Insert DXF and DWG as Sketch Entities

    Insert DXF or DWG files into a sketch as sketch entities. The DXF or DWG must have already been imported into the currently open document (or another document you own or that has been shared with you, creating a link to that document). It is recommended that you insert DXF or DWG files into an empty sketch, though it is possible to insert into a sketch with existing sketch entities.

    OpenSupported formats

    Currently, the supported export format is Release. The following formats are supported for import:

    • Release 9
    • Release 10
    • Release 11
    • Release 13
    • Release 14
    • 2000
    • 2004
    • 2007
    • 2010
    • 2013

    All Onshape supported formats can be found here.


    1. Click to create a new sketch.
    2. Select a plane.
    3. Click .
    4. In the dialog that appears, select the Units (at the bottom of the dialog) for the sketch entity:

    5. Optionally, check Use file origin position to position the geometry from the file relative to the current Part Studio origin in the same way the geometry is positioned relative to the DXF/DWG file origin. (Otherwise, the geometry is positioned so that the center of the geometry extents -as calculated in the form of a 2D box containing all entities- is at the Part Studio origin.)
    6. Then select a DXF or DWG file (that has been previously imported in the current document or use Browse documents to locate a file in another document that you have created or that has been shared with you).

      Selecting the file to insert automatically closes the dialog.

    • You can insert DXF/DWG files that have already been imported into your document or another document that you have created or has been shared with you. These show up as tabs and also in the Insert DXF dialog.
    • Make sure to select the units in the dialog first; selecting the file automatically closes the dialog.
    • The Insert action is recorded in the Undo/Redo stack for the document.
    • When dimensioning the inserted sketch, the first dimension applied automatically scales the entire sketch.
    • If some geometry in the inserted sketch isn't supported, Onshape inserts the supported geometry and displays a message about unsupported geometry not being shown.

  • bert_fouriebert_fourie Member Posts: 101 PRO
    I am trying to import a 2 d dwg file into a new sketch in a part file - I get the message "This operation cannot complete because it creates geometry outside the system limits"  The imported dwg shows up just fine in the sketch mode. What can i do?
  • Narayan_KNarayan_K Member Posts: 379 ✭✭✭
    @ bert_fourie , Make sure that you have selected appropriate unit while importing.

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