Import XYZ Point Data Into DraftSight

Article by GoEngineer on Dec 12, 2017

This article  explains the steps to take XYZ data from a spreadsheet or existing text file (See Figure #1) and turn it into a script that we can then import into DraftSight. This is beneficial because DraftSight and programs like it will handle large amounts of data very well and allow you to visualize the data before trying to import it into other applications like SOLIDWORKS.

Data Source

Importing XYZ Point Data into DraftSight

Figure #1 – Spreadsheet & Text File Data Examples

If you have this as a spreadsheet, you can export it to a CSV (comma delimitated) file. If this is a text file you may have to either add the commas or import them into a spreadsheet and then back out depending on the amount of data.

Modifying the Data

Once you have the data in a CSV file, you need to open it in a text editor (Notepad ++ for example) and then add two lines to the top of the file. “POINT” to the first line, and “M” to the second line which tells DraftSight what the entities are in the file below (See Figure #2).

Modified Data for DraftSight

Figure #2 – Modified Data File

Once you have the file edited and saved. Then close out of the text editor and open Windows Explorer. Then rename the file from “SampleXYZ_Script.txt” to “SampleXYZ_Script.scr”. Then go in DraftSight and on the Manage tab select “Run Script…” (See Figure #3).

DraftSight Manage Tab and Run Script

Figure #3 – DraftSight – Manage tab | Run Scirpt…

Then select the script file (See Figure #4).

DraftSight Open Script File

Figure #4 – DraftSight – Open Script File

Once it runs, it will show the points on the screen and also show the command that ran from the script (See Figure #5).

DraftSight Ran Script Results

Figure #5 – DraftSight – Result of Script Being Ran

Now you can verify/review the data and then either work with it in DraftSight or import this into another CAD application to work with the data.

Want to learn more? 

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