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Working with Autodesk Inventor Files in SOLIDWORKS PDM

SOLIDWORKS 3D Interconnect Inventor Files

In order for Autodesk Inventor files to be managed in SOLIDWORKS PDM, the client system needs to have either the full Inventor application or the Inventor Viewer installed. The reason for this, is that the Inventor files are read/written to, using the Inventor API. The…

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How to fix “Encountered invalid record index” error when importing a STEP file

Have you “Encountered invalid record index” when importing a STEP file into SOLIDWORKS? To fix the file try the following: Deactivate “3D Interconnect” in SOLIDWORKS Options > System Options > Import Open the STEP file using text editor such as Notepad. The file will open…

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SOLIDWORKS PDM 2018 Supports Non-SOLIDWORKS CAD File References

New in SOLIDWORKS PDM 2018 is support for the 3D Interconnect functionality; the PDM vault will now manage references between SOLIDWORKS files and non-SOLIDWORKS CAD files. Note: The non-SOLIDWORKS CAD files must be added to the vault before being added to the assembly, to save the references…

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3D Interconnect is even better in SOLIDWORKS 2018!

Introduced in SOLIDWORKS 2017, 3D Interconnect is a revolutionary new technology allowing SOLIDWORKS users to utilize native parts from other CAD systems directly in their designs. See a 2017 demo below: This meant that no conversion to neutral file formats was necessary to view, edit,…

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Work seamlessly with other CAD Tools using SOLIDWORKS 3D Interconnect [On-demand Webinar]

SOLIDWORKS 3D Interconnect Inventor Files

SOLIDWORKS 2017 3D Interconnect delivers groundbreaking new capabilities for working with both neutral and native CAD data from various sources, unlocking powerful new workflows for you to collaborate with customers and vendors. SOLIDWORKS 3D Interconnect is designed for a “mixed CAD” environment: Consultants/Manufacturers working with customers that have…

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How to enable SOLIDWORKS 3D Interconnect

Enable SOLIDWORKS 2017 3D Interconnect

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…

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A bit of “Nitty-Gritty” on SOLIDWORKS 2017 3D Interconnect

3D Interconnect

One of the key enhancements within SOLIDWORKS 2017 is how it handles CAD files from other Vendors. The 3D Interconnect module will allow you do more with CAD data from other systems like CATIA V5, Autodesk Inventor, Pro/Engineer and a host of other formats. Having…

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