Autodesk Inventor®

Retain PMI and Design Intent when you translate CAD Models into SOLIDWORKS with ELYSIUM

ELYSIUM CAD Translator

Got a lot of CAD models and drawings to translate into SOLIDWORKS format?  Don’t want to lose your design intent in the process?  If so, keep reading! At SOLIDWORKS World 2018, a Dassault Systèmes team [who brought us SOLIDWORKS as we know it] out of Germany presented an impressively powerful CAD translation solution called ELYSIUM!  This is, without a doubt, the Cadillac of CAD translators. From the original Greek “Elysion” (meaning “abode of the blessed”, as in the afterlife), ELYSIUM is aptly named as it uses native API to translate other CAD formats (such as Catia®, PTC Creo®, Autodesk Inventor®, neutral formats, etc.) into SOLIDWORKS (and other formats) while also preserving any original design intent and PMI (product and manufacturing information), such as would be used for MBD (model-based definition), CNC machining, automated inspection, etc. It sounds like ELYSIUM literally rebuilds the original model or drawing, from the ground up,…

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How to convert CAD to STL for 3D Printing

Pictured above the control panel for STL conversion in SOLIDWORKS.

How CAD files are exported to STL is an important process for accurate building of parts. The step by step process for converting CAD to STL was taken straight from the mentioned companies websites. STL Definition STL is the standard file type used by most or all rapid prototyping systems. A STL is a triangulated representation of a 3D CAD model, an example is shown below: Solid test Facet normal 0 1 0 Outer loop Vertex 0 4 0 Vertex 0.517638 3.93185 0 Vertex 0.5 3.93185 -0.133975 Endloop Endfacet Endsolid test The triangulation of a surface will cause faceting of the 3D model. The parameters used for outputting a STL will affect how much faceting occurs (figure 2 and 3). You cannot build the model any better or smoother than the STL file, so if the STL is coarse and faceted, that is what you can expect in the final…

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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 Inventor viewer, Inventor View, can be downloaded from the Autodesk web site. Inventor View is NOT required to preview files .iam and ipt Inventor files, in the Local Vault View. The 3D Interconnect functionality built into eDrawings, will accommodate these file types. About SOLIDWORKS 3D Interconnect SOLIDWORKS 3D Interconnect delivers groundbreaking capabilities for working with both neutral and native CAD data from various sources, unlocking powerful workflows for you to collaborate with customers and vendors. With 3D Interconnect you can: Maintain direct integration of native CAD files from PTC® Creo®, Autodesk® Inventor®, Siemens® NX, Solid Edge®, and CATIA®, and treat them like native components. Avoid fixing errors or problems…

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Is it time to consider making the switch to SOLIDWORKS?

Switch to SOLIDWORKS

We are in an age where technology is changing faster than we can consume it, this can make it difficult to keep up with the latest and greatest in the CAD market and you may not be aware that your CAD platform could be limiting your design and document workflows. With the ever changing landscape of CAD solutions we see many companies are making the switch to SOLIDWORKS. Here are the common questions we hear from companies that are re-evaluating their current 3D design solution: Software Licencing “We feel like our CAD provider is bullying us into a software as a service (SaaS) subscription license model!” With most of the industry switching to a software as a service (Saas) model, SOLIDWORKS is dedicated to giving you the choice of the best solution that suits your needs. SOLIDWORKS provides both Perpetual licensing for a permanent license that you own, as well…

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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 a different CAD system Companies that have lingering legacy data Companies looking to switch from one 3D CAD software to SOLIDWORKS Below you can watch our SOLIDWORKS 3D Interconnect webinar on-demand to see the latest data import and interconnect options in SOLIDWORKS 2017 software. During the webinar we will review many of the new features and techniques including: How to maintain direct integration of native CAD files from PTC Creo®, Autodesk Inventor®, Siemens NX™, Solid Edge®, and CATIA®, and treat them like native components. How to avoid fixing errors or problems due to SOLIDWORKS awareness of all components in the native CAD files, like face and edge IDs. How…

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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 any conversion into a SOLIDWORKS file. To enable this fantastic addition to the SOLIDWORKS suite of tools: Select Tools > Options > System Options > Import to access the import options in the new location in the dialog. Select “Inventor/Catia V5/Creo/NX/Solid Edge” from the pulldown menu. Check the “Enable 3D Interconnect” checkbox. Pick OK to finish 3D Interconnect will now be enabled. To learn more about SOLIDWORKS 3D Interconnect watch the demonstration video below: SOLIDWORKS 2017 Resources Access our resources page to get everything you need to learn what’s new in SOLIDWORKS 2017; including tech tips, demonstrations, and upcoming product webinars. WHAT’S NEW RESOURCES

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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 migrated from the Dark Side of things a decade ago, I still have old Autodesk Inventor data kicking around that I’d like to move into SOLIDWORKS every now and then. The advantage in SOLIDWORKS 2017 is that the assembly structure stays intact and there is a referenced link back to the original Inventor file.  If I were still working in a Multi-CAD environment, any changes to the inventor assembly would update and be reflected within SOLIDWORKS. Working with data from other CAD Systems The changes when opening files from other CAD Systems, introduced by 3D Interconnect, are subtle but powerful. Which means that there is…

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SOLIDWORKS Visualize FREE Trial via MySolidWorks

SOLIDWORKS Visualize Trial

Do you want a SOLIDWORKS Visualize free trial and experiment with the latest rendering tool for sales and marketing? Learn how in this blog post: SOLIDWORKS Visualize is a brand new rendering tool for SOLIDWORKS Subscription Customers which is included with SOLIDWORKS Professional and SOLIDWORKS Premium. But SOLIDWORKS Visualize software is available to anyone including other CAD system users, and is compatible with leading file types including: Rhino Autodesk Alias Autodesk Inventor PTC Creo and Pro/E Solid Edge 3ds Max SketchUp Catia Maya Binary and more general files types including STL and Parasolid For CAD users and SOLIDWORKS users who want to try out SOLIDWORKS Visualize Professional, which includes more advanced features, like animation and network rendering, you can learn more about SOLIDWORKS Visualize Professional and access an online trial version as described below: How to access the SOLIDWORKS Visualize Free Trial To obtain an online trial you first need to go to the MySolidWorks portal and sign up…

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