Import CATIA Drawings with DraftSight 2024

May 10, 2024

Import CATIA Drawings with DraftSight 2024Import CATIA Drawings with DraftSight 2024

The latest version of DraftSight 2024 adds a range of new productivity tools including user interface enhancements, tool palettes, layer palette, merge layers, CATIA drawing import and more.

In this blog, we will look at DraftSight 2024’s support for CATIA drawings, allowing you to collaborate with clarity and precision.

Added in DraftSight 2024 is the ability to import CATIA drawings directly into DraftSight and open them as DWG files with no manual conversion required.

And this function is available in ALL product packages of DraftSight 2024! (Professional, Premium, Mechanical, Enterprise & Enterprise Plus).

 

To open/import, you will need to go to the import tab and select “CATIA Drawing”:

Import CATIA Drawings with DraftSight 2024

*Note you won’t be able to open/import if you use the regular “Open” file command.

For the file extension, CATIA Drawing files uses “.CATDrawing”:

E.g.

Import CATIA Drawings with DraftSight 2024

Below are some sample CATIA Drawing files from CATIA, imported to DraftSight:

(Drawing1 file inside CATIA):

Import CATIA Drawings with DraftSight 2024

(Drawing1 in DraftSight as a DWG):

Import CATIA Drawings with DraftSight 2024

(Drawing3 file inside CATIA):

Import CATIA Drawings with DraftSight 2024

(Drawing3 in DraftSight as a DWG):

Import CATIA Drawings with DraftSight 2024

Notes for installations:

When you install the desktop versions of DraftSight, you will need to select the feature “CATIA Drawings Import”.
For 3DEXPERIENCE platform versions of DraftSight, CATIA Drawings import is available by default.

Import CATIA Drawings with DraftSight 2024

 

*Bonus (You get to open the DWG elsewhere):

Once saved by DraftSight 2024, you will now be able to open those neutral DWG files elsewhere! (e.g. SOLIDWORKS CAD, any other software that can open DWGs):

Once opened as a SOLIDWORKS Drawing, the drawing entities may appear to be just Blocks at first and un-editable:

Import CATIA Drawings with DraftSight 2024

But you will be able to do a box-select all the entities on the sheet, right-click and “Explode Block”:

Import CATIA Drawings with DraftSight 2024

If you have any further queries on this, feel free to contact us at support@seacadtech.com