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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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SOLIDWORKS 2017 Import & Export Options are now in the best location possible!

SOLIDWORKS Import Export Options

One of my absolute favorite enhancements in this latest release of SOLIDWORKS is the migration of the SOLIDWORKS Import Export options from the obscurity of the “Save As” dialog over to the main SOLIDWORKS Options. In order to access the Import & Export options in SOLIDWORKS 2017 and future releases select the Tools menu > Options > System Options > Import or Export 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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SOLIDWORKS 2017 Importing and Exporting 3D Manufacturing Format (3MF)

SOLIDWORKS 3MF

SOLIDWORKS 2017 now provides us with the ability to import and export 3MF files. 3MF is a new 3D printing format that will allow design applications to send full-fidelity 3D models to a mix of other systems (both hardware & software). The 3MF specification will allow systems to bypass typical interoperability issues, and avoid the problems associated with other 3D file formats. 3MF files will fully describe a model and retain other internal information such as colour. If you have Microsoft® Windows® 8.1 or greater, you can print directly using the SOLIDWORKS 3MF format included. Simply set the print options in the 3D Print PropertyManager and print to the 3D printer. A preview of the print bed and the model’s location within the print bed lets you modify settings before committing to a 3D print job. To access the 3D print dialog box and specify print options, click File > Print3D. …

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How to Import Data and use it effectively in SOLIDWORKS [VIDEO]

Importing data into SOLIDWORKS

Did you know that SOLIDWORKS provides more than 30 translators to convert CAD data into SOLIDWORKS 3D CAD format? Common 3D file formats that can be translated include 3D XML, IFC, 3DS, IGES, Parasolid®, ACIS, Autodesk Inventor® Rhino, SAT, Solid Edge®, CATIA®, STEP, and STL. But which format should you use? And what happens if the data is not perfect? Data translation on-demand webinar Watch our on-demand webinar to discover techniques from Javelin experts on how to repair and modify imported geometry to work effectively in SOLIDWORKS using Import Diagnostics, SOLIDWORKS Utilities, FeatureWorks, Surface Modeling and other SOLIDWORKS tool.

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How to Flatten a “dumb” solid in SOLIDWORKS

It is very common in the sheet metal industry to share or receive files from other CAD platforms. Therefore, it is sometimes necessary to recreate the part in order to get everything that we need out of it. SOLIDWORKS has great tools to convert imported bodies allowing us to work with imported files as we would with a native SOLIDWORKS file. One common example is when you need to obtain a pattern from an imported .STEP or .IGES sheet metal part file. Steps required to Flatten a Dumb Solid Here are a few simple steps to take in order to flatten your imported part: In the SOLIDWORKS open dialog set the file filter to the required file type, in this example it is a STEP file (*.step / *.stp) Then select Options from the window before opening the file Select the Perform full entity check and repair errors, and Automatically run Import Diagnostics (healing), click OK then open…

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How to Export from SOLIDWORKS Industrial Designer to SOLIDWORKS

I recently experienced SOLIDWORKS Industrial Designer (SWID) at SOLIDWORKS World 2016 and needless to say I was excited. When I returned to the Javelin office afterwards, I knew I had to get my hands on this product. Sure enough, I did and as exciting as it was to drive it, I soon started trying all the tricks I heard it could do. The first of which was how to export SOLIDWORKS Industrial Designer to SOLIDWORKS because as awesome a tool as SOLIDWORKS Industrial Designer is, it is far, far better if I can harness the awesome power of SOLIDWORKS alongside it. However, exporting the file wasn’t as obvious as I’d initially thought. But, after some experimentation (which I hope to save you the effort), I was able to figure it out. Here’s how you do it: Firstly, it matters where on the Export menu you click. I had thought that SWID…

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Thinking of switching 3D CAD systems? Might not be as hard as you think!

CAD System White Paper

Are your engineers frustrated with your current 3D CAD tools? Are parts not fitting together the first time? Are you missing important product launch dates because of assembly issues? Does your CAD Data Management system take your engineers away from design work due to data chaos? Are you having trouble finding qualified engineers? If you are experiencing any of these issues, now is the time to think about switching 3D CAD systems and trying SOLIDWORKS. Many of world’s most innovative products get their start in SOLIDWORKS. The full suite of integrated solutions branches into every area of product development, providing the most comprehensive innovation platform in the industry. SOLIDWORKS solutions are designed for ease of use, enabling you to become more productive faster, and focus on creating innovative designs, not on CAD. Fill out the form below to download the Tech-Clarity (independent research firm) White Paper: “Changing CAD Tools? What You Should Know” to find…

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