Occasionally I am asked if there is a way of importing STL files into SOLIDWORKS as a solid/surface model and not as a graphic body.
Well the answer is yes, and it is pretty simple. All you need to do is follow these steps:
1. Start SOLIDWORKS and click Open
2. Change the file type to STL (*.stl)
3. Notice that a new Options button is available now. Click on it.
4. Change import body to Solid Body or Surface Body and press OK.
5. Browse to the STL file you want to import and click Open.
6. If you look at the FeatureManager Design Tree you can now see that the part is imported as a solid body.
7. Now you can use the FeatureWorks > Recognize Features tool to convert the imported body into SOLIDWORKS features.
In this example five features have been recognized:
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