I do this frequently. Art has most of the steps. Before I create the PDF, I use the SolidWorks Viewer to position the object exactly as I want it, not how a CAD operator does. I turn on Perspective (for some reason, engineers do not understand the concept of perspective). I then create the PDF and open it in Illustrator. There, I can change line weights and edit out things that I do not need to show. Then import into FM as an eps file.
Tim Lewis Lewis Technical Communications, Inc. Tech.writer at insightbb.com www.lewiscomms.com > Art Campbell said: > > I just ended a year-long gig that included this, and the workflow we > developed was: > 1. Get the free Solidworks viewer application. (There's a free > explorer tool that's also useful.) > 2. From the Viewer, print the Solidworks file to an Acrobat printer > instance to create a PDF using the appropriate job options (high > quality print, press quality) . > 3. When the PDF opens in Acrobat, optimize the file, but go easy on > the compression and downsampling. This is the key task to reduce the > file size & bloat. I don't think it would work as well on a PDF > produced directly from > 4. Import into FM.