Quick tips on how to work with Mesh files in SOLIDWORKS

Article by Vicky Guignard updated April 2, 2020

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If you need to work with Mesh files inside of SOLIDWORKS, you probably know how hard that is. These files have always been hard if not useless to work with!

But with the release of SOLIDWORKS 2018 a new Mesh Body type was added, which lets you imports an STL file (.stl) as a solid body!

Along with this there are many hidden tools inside of SOLIDWORKS to help working with those files without the need for additional add-ins.

But now what… How can I quickly grab dimensions or generate surfaces?

Watch this quick video below which highlights the following:

  • How to quickly insert an axis, WITHOUT having to convert faces!
  • Create a usable surface off of the mesh body
  • Take and compare measurements

Now keep in mind, if you are looking at doing full reverse engineering then SOLIDWORKS alone may not be enough. We provide many other solutions to convert your scanned data into usable CAD for your reverse engineering projects, such as Geomagic for SOLIDWORKS

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Vicky Guignard

Vicky has been working in the CAD industry since 2010 and has a background in machine design and steel structure design. Vicky works closely with the Javelin sales team, helping to solve complex customer challenges utilizing the SOLIDWORKS product line. She is also an instructor for Javelin and delivers private, and public training in Western Canada, as well as online through Javelin's JOLT training. Vicky has been an Application Engineer with Javelin since 2014.