Anyone who has needed to work with mesh data knows how much of a pain it is to get anything from it inside of SOLIDWORKS.
SOLIDWORKS 2018 introduces new ways you can utilize mesh data offering many more possibilities than ever before. This works for a variety of formats such as STL, OBJ and AMF (Additive Manufacturing files).
It now supports material textures and RealView appearances. Because of this, we can now perform sections on graphical mesh data with any conversion needed. At the same time, we can now better visualize and fully understand our mesh geometry without all the previous headache!
Activating the Mesh Body Functionality
To use the new MESH BODY functionality in SOLIDWORKS 2018 you will need to set these options: Tools > Options > System options > Import
From the file format select the mesh formats. and then select to import as solid body
Working with Mesh Body files
When you will open your file. It will import as a solid body like this:
Allowing you to interact with the model and get effortless information like mass, volume, etc.
You can also use the body to sketch on, and add relations to the existing geometry!