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Exporting schematics from other systems into Creo/Solidworks (using Visio, etc)

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Exporting schematics from other systems into Creo/Solidworks (using Visio, etc)

Hi folks,

I'm just sending this out here to see response.  We partner with external tool design resources who create designs and full documentation to us.  Often times the tool design includes machines, where there are wiring, pneumatic, or PLC needs in the machine and we want schematics to represent those systems.

Our need:

1. Outside Design house is creating schematics.  So far, Visio seems to be what 2 vendors are using.

2. We need to bring it into our drawings and be able to edit there.   Cannot be a screenshot and copied and paste.

We have initially asked that they .dxf out from whatever program they are using, then we edit in our Creo or Solidworks drawings.  I'm considering that if Visio is the main tool that industry is using for these types of schematics, that the Visio file is embedded into the CAD drawing (not sure if this is possible, but basically double click on schematic in drawing and it launches the embedded Visio file).

Is this possible?  How are you handling this type of work from external vendors?

Thanks,

Randy

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