How to open an AutoCAD file (.DWG or .DXF) in Solid Edge 2D Drafting and see all the geometry easily.

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Solid Edge 2D Drafting can be easily configured to display more like AutoCAD. AutoCAD uses a black background by default. Solid Edge 2D Drafting uses a white background by default. Solid Edge 2D Drafting has options built in so that the display very closely resembles AutoCAD. If you want to operate in this mode, there are a couple of simple things you need to do. The following is an image of an AutoCAD file opened in Solid Edge 2D Drafting. It uses all the default Solid Edge 2D Drafting display settings. Notice that the original AutoCAD colors are not easily seen on the default Solid Edge 2D Drafting white background.

To configure Solid Edge 2D Drafting, first see the topic ‘How To set up Solid Edge 2D Drafting to display more like AutoCAD?’. This topic will help you configure the display of Solid Edge 2D Drafting for an AutoCAD appearance.


Next, you need to use a draft template that is specifically created for the translation of the AutoCAD (.DWG or .DXF) files. These templates are provided with Solid Edge 2D Drafting. To use one of these templates when opening an AutoCAD file, click the AutoCAD file you wish to open in the Open File dialog. Click on the Options button at the bottom of the Open File dialog. This will open the AutoCAD to Solid Edge Translation Wizard. Click on the ‘Next’ button at the bottom of the dialog. 

Notice that normal.DFT is the Solid Edge template currently used to translate the AutoCAD file. Change the template by clicking on the ‘Browse’ button. This will present an ‘Open’ dialog. Double click on the ‘More’ folder in the file list. Click on ‘Normeng_black_ background.dft’ as the template file.

Click on the ‘Open’ button at the bottom right hand side of the dialog. Notice that the Solid Edge template has changed to the file you
selected. Click on the ‘Finish’ button at the bottom right hand of the dialog. You may get a warning stating that you cannot overwrite the default Configuration file. Click on ‘OK’. Click on the ‘Create a new configuration file’ radio button and then click on the ‘Copy To’ button.

Change the File Name from ‘seacad.ini’ to ‘seacad2.ini’ and click on the ‘Save’ button. Click on the ‘Finish’ button. You have just created your own custom configuration for translating your AutoCAD files. With the AutoCAD file still selected, click on the ‘Open’ button on the Open File dialog.

Now when you open your AutoCAD files in Solid Edge 2D Drafting, they will display more like they did in AutoCAD.

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