eDrawings is THE Tool for Viewing CAD Documents!

Article by Sam Sharkawi updated November 1, 2017


In SOLIDWORKS 2017 the eDrawings tool went from being a SOLIDWORKS viewer to a full on CAD viewer, gaining capabilities to support more file formats, along with many more improvements in that upgrade!

We can import these following file formats:

  • STEP AP242
  • IGES
  • CATIA® V5
  • Autodesk® Inventor™
  • 3DXML

With eDrawings 2018, the capabilities grow even larger!

eDrawings 2018 Decals

Starting with decals, now SOLIDWORKS has the option to store decals with the file which in turn means that eDrawings files will open and accurately represent any decals on that part!

eDrawings Decal Example

eDrawings Decal Example

eDrawings 2018 Performance

Along with the visuals, eDrawings gets new performance enhancements with graphics boost shown in the screenshot below:

eDrawings Options

eDrawings Options

eDrawings 2018 Attachments

eDrawings gains more capabilities with attachments allowing parts and assemblies to attach step files directly into eDrawings file making it convenient!

There are also other key enhancements to 2018 such as:

  • Being able to view different configurations as well as the saved 3D views from MBD
  • More security with passwords
  • Opening STEP files with eDrawings
  • More unit capabilities (Feet & Inches)

With these great new enhancements eDrawings 2018 will allow you to communicate your designs faster and collaborate with ease!

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Sam Sharkawi

Sam has been working with 3D CAD software for over 5 years, and is always looking to solve complex design problems. Sam has trained a number of designers on using Solidworks and has applied it to their specific industry.