Importing SOLIDWORKS files into SOLIDWORKS Industrial Designer

Article by Jim Peltier, CSWE updated May 2, 2016


As a follow-up to my recent blog article about how to export from SOLIDWORKS Industrial Designer to SOLIDWORKS, I’m now going to show you how to take the process the other way (i.e: importing a file from SOLIDWORKS into Industrial Designer). As great as Industrial Designer is, I cannot deny that SOLIDWORKS is still the tool of choice for quickly creating solid models of “non-organic” shapes. This may be shaped by the fact that I’ve been using SOLIDWORKS for about 300x as long as I’ve been using Industrial Designer.

Or, perhaps I’m wondering how something I designed in SOLIDWORKS is going to interact with an organic shape, or maybe I’m designing a nest for it that needs to be 3D printed, or maybe I just want to know that it can be done. Whatever my reason, I want to bring a SOLIDWORKS part into SOLIDWORKS Industrial Designer.

Import steps:

Similar to when we are exporting, we don’t want to click on the arrow beside the word Import, since that leads to another menu. Instead, we actually want to click on the word Import, since that activates the command.

Importing SOLIDWORKS files into SOLIDWORKS Industrial Designer

Click on the “+”, then click Import

You can choose your import filetype from the dropdown at the top. It will import SOLIDWORKS Parts & Assemblies (.SLDPRT & .SLDASM), as well as Step (.STP) and Iges (.IGS) files, VRML (.WRL), 3DXML, and a few others (BDF, BRD, EMN, IDF).

Choose your filetype, and Browse for it.

Choose your file type, and Browse for it.

You can then browse to your file using the browse button and then click OK to import.

Then click OK

Then click OK

Afterwards, you will have a SOLIDWORKS part in SOLIDWORKS Industrial Designer ready for wherever your design takes you next.

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Jim Peltier, CSWE

Jim has been using SolidWorks since 2001, and has spent most of that time working in the design of industrial automated manufacturing equipment. He has been working as an Applications Expert at Javelin Technologies in Oakville, Ontario since July 2012 and is a Certified SolidWorks Expert (CSWE).