SOLIDWORKS User Group Network – Advanced Techniques for Working with Imported Geometry

Monday, September 28, 2020 Online 6:00 PM - 7:30 PM EDT

On Monday September 28th, the Eastern Ontario SOLIDWORKS User Group Network meeting will be held online. Join SOLIDWORKS users across Canada as Alin Vargatu (CSWE Javelin Technologies) hosts a popular presentation: Advanced Techniques for Working with Imported Geometry. Don’t miss out!

Advanced Techniques for Working with Imported Geometry

There are multiple articles describing preferences for the neutral file types you should demand from your customer. In real life, many end-users have no access to the original author of the neutral file, so they will have to use whatever they get. This presentation will focus on best practices to get the most from working with STEP files. That being said, many of the tools and techniques presented could apply to working with other file formats.

The amount of time SOLIDWORKS users spend working with STEP files varies based on how tightly they are integrated in a supply chain with multiple CAD solutions.

Lucky users simply download a STEP file once, covert it to SOLIDWORKS, save it in the library and use it as-is for a long period at time. Unlucky users receive multiple revisions of models as STEP files during the development phase of a design. For these users, it is critical to minimize the time spent:

  • Identifying the changes between revisions, including Geometry, Topology, Location, Orientation, Number of bodies, Face and edge IDs and Metadata.
  • Updating the geometry.
  • Updating the mates of the component in all assemblies it is used.
  • Updating the metadata and revision data in a PDM system.

Do you recognize yourself in one of these 4 situations?

1. Download the model of a fastener from a supplier’s website to integrate in your assembly.

  • Once the model is converted, you can use it for a long time.
  • No revisions are expected.
  • This will be a one-time download and conversion exercise (with the proper use of a library system)

2. Receive a STEP file of a complete product from a customer, for manufacturing purposes.

  • The model can be used as-is, no modifications are to be performed by the SOLIDWORKS user.
  • The customer will revise the product and send new STEP files for each revision.
  • The SOLIDWORKS user would need to check the differences between revisions.

3. Receive a STEP file of the concept of a product from a customer for development purposes.

  • The model cannot be used as-is. The geometry would have to be modified by the SOLIDWORKS user.
  • As the development progresses, the customer will revise the product and send new STEP files for each revision. The SOLIDWORKS user would need to check the differences between revisions.
  • After receiving a revised STEP file, the SOLIDWORKS user would like to minimize the work performed in modifying the geometry. Ideally, the changes performed by the user in Revision x should be preserved in the model after the STEP file was changed in Revision x+1.

4. Receive STEP files of components to be inserted in your assembly from a supplier during the development phase of your product.

  • The component will be inserted and mated in your assemblies.
  • As the design is being iterated, the vendor will revise the model and send new STEP files for each revision. The SOLIDWORKS user would need to check the differences between revisions.
  • After receiving a revised STEP file, the SOLIDWORKS user would like to have as many existing mates preserved, so no duplicate work would be required.

This presentation will cover all these 4 situations with real-life case studies. During the presentation, attendees are encouraged to ask questions, share their experience working with imported geometry and contribute to a successful brainstorming.

When: Monday, September 28, 6:00pm to 7:30pm EDT

Open to everyone!

The mandate of this User Group is to provide an independent forum for SOLIDWORKS users to discuss the software and exchange information freely. It’s about providing technical content, networking, and having a good time with like minded people! You are not required to have your own copy of SOLIDWORKS license in order to be a member. All SOLIDWORKS users are welcome; industrial, academic, large and small businesses. Membership is complimentary.

 

Date and Time

Monday, September 28, 2020

6:00 PM - 7:30 PM EDT

Location

Online

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