How to Import Data and use it effectively in SOLIDWORKS [VIDEO]

Article by Rod Mackay updated July 12, 2016

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Did you know that SOLIDWORKS provides more than 30 translators to convert CAD data into SOLIDWORKS 3D CAD format? Common 3D file formats that can be translated include 3D XML, IFC, 3DS, IGES, Parasolid®, ACIS, Autodesk Inventor® Rhino, SAT, Solid Edge®, CATIA®, STEP, and STL. But which format should you use? And what happens if the data is not perfect?

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Importing data into SOLIDWORKS

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Watch our on-demand webinar to discover techniques from Javelin experts on how to repair and modify imported geometry to work effectively in SOLIDWORKS using Import Diagnostics, SOLIDWORKS Utilities, FeatureWorks, Surface Modeling and other SOLIDWORKS tool.

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Rod Mackay

Rod has been using 3D CAD software for over 25 years and has trained thousands of designers to use their CAD systems more effectively. Rod is the Javelin Webmaster and is based in Ottawa, ON., Canada.