When I import a DXF/DWG file the screen is blank!
When a DWG or DXF file is imported into Visual, the Design Environment is set to display every object in the file onto the screen. If objects in the file are placed very far apart, the objects can be so small that the screen will appear blank. Generally, the actual design is located on one side of the screen and a stray object (or group of objects) is located on the other side of the screen. The stray object (or group of objects) need to be located and either deleted or moved closer to the actual design.
You can locate stray objects in the design with the Move command:
How to import complex DXF/DWG files
- From the View menu, select Zoom, then Zoom All
The screen will appear blank, but everything in the design will now be on the screen
- From the Modify menu, select Move
- Use a Selection Window to select a corner of the screen.
All the objects in that portion of the screen will be selected
- Notice the number of selected objects reported at the bottom, left-hand side of the screen
Generally, a large number of objects will be reported when the area containing the actual design is selected. A small number of objects will be reported when the area contains stray objects.
- Right-click to cancel the Move command and repeat steps 1-3 for each corner of the Design Environment until the stray object or objects are located
- Delete the stray objects or move them closer to the actual design
Complex DXF and DWG files may not import properly for the following reasons:
- The file contains objects that Visual does not recognize
- The file depends on externally referenced files (XREFs) that were not included or bound to the drawing file
Both issues can be addressed in the software used to create the original DXF/DWG file.
When objects are not recognized by Visual, such as 3D solids, they need to first be transformed into more basic components prior to importing them into Visual. This is done using the Explode command or its equivalent in the software used to create the original drawing file.
If part of a drawing appears to be missing after it is imported into Visual, check if XREFs were used to create the drawing. Then verify that all the XREFs were included with the original file or bound to the original file. Binding XREFs to the DXF/DWG file is recommended because it includes everything in one file. If the XREFs are not bound, they must be located in the same directory as the DXF/DWG file to import properly into Visual.
To learn more about exploding objects and binding XREFs, refer to the documentation included with the software used to originally create the DXF/DWG file.
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