Any existing schematic, if imported as a DWG file, will not have the required electrical functionality in the tool. For a schematic to be functional and offer the many benefits the software can provide it should be drawn in the tool.
The two main reasons for importing a DWG would be to represent a part (a 2D footprint) or to add information to a drawing (a label or mechanical layout).
For the import of a DWG/2D footprint to be associated with a manufacturer’s part please start at step 1. To import a symbol, at step 1 please select the symbols manager rather than the 2D footprints manager.
For the import of a DWG which is for added information but not to represent a specific manufacturer’s part go to step 13.
1. Select the Library tab and in the ribbon bar go to the 2D footprints manager tool.
2. After opening the footprints manager select import DWG Files.
3. In the import wizard select the file or folder you want to import.
4. Browse to your required file and select. You will see that it is added to the import wizard.
5. Click “next”
6. Unless you have specific configuration requirements simply save the import with "no configuration"
7. Progress to the next step.
8. If any attributes appear you can convert them at this stage.
9. Save your settings and finish the import.
10. You should see the imported DWG file in the footprints manager menu.
11. If the imported DWG is to be associated with a specific manufacturers part at this stage you can make the association. Select the newly added part and then on the toolbar select properties.
12. In the menu which appears you can browse or search the manufacturer’s parts library to identify the part to associate with.
13. If the imported DWG is not to be associated with a part, it can be pulled into a design by either right clicking on the project book and selecting New > Data files.
14. Browse to where you have the DWG saved and select it.
This will add the DWG as a new sheet in the project.
Or, you can open the 2D footprint in the tool and simply copy and paste the DWG content across to the relevant sheet in the project.