Save Each Sheet as its own Drawing, or Combine Multiple Drawings into a Multi-sheet SOLIDWORKS Drawing [VIDEO]

Article by Jim Peltier, CSWE updated March 18, 2014


Some companies like to have one drawing file with multiple sheets, where each sheet contains the detail drawings of each part. Other companies prefer to have a single drawing file for each part. Both methods are acceptable practice, so on rare occasions you may find yourself in a position where you need to switch from one method to the other. Not to worry; with SOLIDWORKS, you can switch back and forth quite easily.

Watch the video below to learn how:

To summarize for those of you unable to view the video…

If I have a multi-sheet drawing and want to save the sheets as separate drawings:

  1. I can select File > Save As
  2. Then save the drawing with a new name (this will be the name of the .slddrw file that sheet 2 gets).
  3. Repeat as required for additional sheets.
  4. Afterwards, I just open each drawing file and delete the unneeded sheets.

If I want to combine multiple drawings into a single drawing file with multiple sheets:

  1. I open each of the drawing files
  2. Then select Window > Tile Horizontally (or vertically if you prefer).
  3. When I have multiple drawings displayed at the same time, I can just drag the sheet tab at the bottom from one open file to the other! It’s as easy as reordering sheets!

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Jim Peltier, CSWE

Jim has been using SolidWorks since 2001, and has spent most of that time working in the design of industrial automated manufacturing equipment. He has been working as an Applications Expert at Javelin Technologies in Oakville, Ontario since July 2012 and is a Certified SolidWorks Expert (CSWE).