After many hours of hard work designing a product, it’s now time to make sure everyone knows who made it. Here are the steps you can take to bring a DXF/DWG of your logo into Onshape and use it to emboss or cut into your designs:


After importing your company logo in as a DXF or DWG file into an Onshape Document, you can then create a sketch and insert the file into that sketch plane. If you are embossing a planar surface, then a sketch can be made on that face. There are various options within the insert dialog to modify the units and choose where it is positioned. If this is a common operation, then consider making a logo template to reference from a standalone Document.

Image of the insert dialog of DXF/DWG files into a sketch.


The resulting sketch entities that appear after inserting a DXF/DWG may not be the correct scale. Within Onshape, setting the first dimension in a sketch will cause all sketch entities to scale proportionally to that dimension. Create a construction line that is horizontal to the upper and lower bounds of the logo’s height and then dimension that construction line to the maximum desired height.

Animation showing how adding the first dimension to a sketch scales that sketch proportionally.


For cylindrical components, the last step is to perform a wrap operation. The sketch entities can be placed wherever is required as well as the end-type operation to extrude or remove material from the component.

Image showing the wrap feature dialog within Onshape.


If the wrap feature is not being utilized, moving the logo into position will have to be accomplished from the sketch level with the sketch transform tool. Highlight the sketch entities to transform, then right-click and select “transform sketch entities” from the context menu. A triad manipulator will become available to move the sketch entities around and snap them to relevant points. Left-click to complete the transformation.

Animation showing sketch transform in Onshape.

Note: Inserting DXF/DWG entities into a sketch leaves the entities with no constraints between them. It may be necessary to apply the “fix” constraint to the entities to keep them from moving during parametric changes.


The last step is to use this logo profile to emboss it onto a part. This can be accomplished by several methods depending on the desired outcome of the logo. The simplest solution is to use an Extrude Cut or Add operation of the logo sketch profile onto a piece of geometry.

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