How to enable SOLIDWORKS 3D Interconnect

Article by Chris Briand, CSWE updated October 18, 2016


If you haven’t yet heard of SOLIDWORKS 3D Interconnect, you are missing one of the key features of the SOLIDWORKS 2017 Release.

The 3D Interconnect utility allows you to import third-party CAD files that were created in other CAD systems. This is done directly without any conversion into a SOLIDWORKS file.

To enable this fantastic addition to the SOLIDWORKS suite of tools:

  1. Select ToolsOptions > System Options > Import to access the import options in the new location in the dialog.
  2. Select “Inventor/Catia V5/Creo/NX/Solid Edge” from the pulldown menu.
  3. Check the “Enable 3D Interconnect” checkbox.
  4. Pick OK to finish
How to enable SOLIDWORKS 3D Interconnect

How to enable SOLIDWORKS 3D Interconnect

3D Interconnect will now be enabled. To learn more about SOLIDWORKS 3D Interconnect watch the demonstration video below:

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Chris Briand, CSWE

Chris has been educating and supporting Engineers, Designers and IT Personnel within the 3D CAD industry since 2002, and was adopted into the fantastic team of applications experts here at Javelin Technologies in early 2006.  Chris enjoys the continuous learning driven by the ingenuity and challenges Designers bring forward. Innovation using 3D Printing, 3D CAD and other technologies, combined with a diverse background as a technologist, allows Chris to find solutions that accelerate Designers, and take Design Teams to new heights. Chris is currently being held at an undisclosed location, near Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada.