Solidworks: Is it possible to export assembly as vector PDF file? (or EPS?)


Question

I'm relatively new to solidworks and am looking to export my work in the highest possible quality for inclusion in a report (which will ultimately be a PDF).

My understanding is that Solidworks is based on vectors and hence, it should be possible to save one-view of the assembly as a vector image file (pdf, eps etc). I appreciate that saving a 3D model won't be possible, but is there a way I can save the current view in solidworks as a high quality image?

The alternative, I guess, is saving as a raster image with a high DPI but then this results in a large file size.

Thanks for any tips.

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9/9/2014 7:16:00 AM

Yes, the data is vectors (just not beziers). Yes, you can get a vector drawing but not one that looks like the current view. The 3d rendering engine produces raster images because the technology is different from what graphics designers use.

You can also convert the image to a vector edge line drawing. What happens is the image edges get converted to linear segments (again because they are not beziers and because its simpler. You need to open the drawing mode to do this.

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1/3/2016 6:06:00 PM

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