How To Open CATIA, NX and Pro/ENGINEER Drawings in SolidWorks

Today SYCODE released CATIA V4/V5, NX and Pro/ENGINEER 2D drawing file import addins for SolidWorks. Some of you may be wondering why would a SolidWorks user be interested in 2D drawings. The thing is that most large OEMs use a high end MCAD system like CATIA, NX and Pro/ENGINEER. But a majority of their suppliers cannot afford that luxury. And neither do they need all the added functionality. These suppliers mostly use mid range MCAD systems like SolidWorks and are often handed down 2D drawings created from the high end MCAD systems. If these drawings come in DWG or DXF format, well and good. SolidWorks offers all its customers free licenses (three actually) of DWGeditor for every license of SolidWorks. DWGeditor an IntelliCAD variant and it relieves a SolidWorks user from the need of maintaining an expensive AutoCAD seat.

However, if a SolidWorks user receives 2D drawings in the native formats of CATIA, NX and Pro/ENGINEER, then they find themselves in a fix. SolidWorks does not offer any way of opening these native 2D drawings. And that is precisely where the four add-ins that we released today will come in handy. The add-ins are:

These CATIA add-ins are not to be confused with the CATIA addins we released the other day. Those add-ins import CATIA V4 and V5 part and assembly files into SolidWorks. These import 2D drawings, which is emphasized by the “2D” in the product names.

With the release of these SolidWorks add-ins SYCODE can finally offer an answer to the question “How to open CATIA, NX and Pro/ENGINEER drawings in SolidWorks?

  • Nurk

    Hi Deelip,

    If I got 3D and 2D data from Catia then import to SolidWorks, Is the link between 3D & 2D still there ?


  • Nurk,

    Sorry, no. The 3D part/assembly comes in as a dumb solid and the 2D drawing comes in as an independent drawing. The technologies that we have licensed for use in these products are limited in this fashion.

  • hol

    Hi Deelip,

    OK, IC.
    Usually 2D data refer to its 3D data.
    Can I import 2D “only” file to SolidWorks ?

  • hol,

    Yes, the CATIA V4/V5, NX or Pro/ENGINEER 2D drawing is imported into SolidWorks as a 2D drawing document. For a quick preview you can see the SolidWorks screenshots on the product pages (use links in the blog post).

    The only way to get CATIA 3D and 2D data synchronized in SolidWorks is if the programmers from Dassault and SolidWorks sit together and agree to share their secrets. I have no hope of that happening in a hurry.

  • Alsharif Mohammed

    I have a 3D drawing in SolidWork can I open it with Catia?
    if yes ,how?

  • You can use SYCODE's CATIA export add-in for SolidWorks (see… and…)

  • Pmwh

    I am looking for a solution to view CATIA drawings, and I have SoldiWorks. The four links in your original article no longer can be found. I looked through the product list on Sycode main site and can’t find the SolidWorks add-in for CATIA drawings. Are you still able to offer these products?

    • Sorry, due to reasons beyond our control we had to withdraw those products.