If you work with 3D scanned data on a regular basis, we are certain that the ability to directly import 3D mesh files into SOLIDWORKS 2017 will be among your favorite enhancements in this latest release. Several types of mesh files can now be directly imported without the need for the ScanTo3D Add-In (which was required in previous releases, and is available with SOLIDWORKS Pro, or SOLIDWORKS Premium).
The mesh files that SOLIDWORKS will now import directly are: *.stl, *.obj, *.off, *.ply, and *.ply2 files.
As shown in the dialog below simply select File > Open and choose Mesh Files from the file type filter.
In the System Options under Import (Tools > Options > System Options > Import) you can specify how you would like to have the mesh file format imported, as either a:
- Graphics Body
- Solid Body
- Surface Body
In many cases SOLIDWORKS will import a fully enclosed mesh and convert it directly into a usable 3D body that can be modified using direct editing techniques.
The end results are a reduction of steps and better mesh translations for all SOLIDWORKS users.
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