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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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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, and manipulate models generated from PTC Creo, Audodesk Inventor, Siemens NX, SolidEdge, and CATIA. Revisions were easily implemented due to consistent face and edge IDs, as imported models could be directly updated right from within the SOLIDWORKS interface. SOLIDWORKS 2018 takes this great functionality and made it even better. Import of Neutral File formats 3D Interconnect SOLIDWORKS 2018 now supports the import of STEP, IGES, and ACIS file formats! This means no conversion is required when utilizing these file types within SOLIDWORKS 2018, as the data is read directly from the file itself. Updating the import with revision data is done directly from within SOLIDWORKS…

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How to increase SOLIDWORKS performance when working with downloaded Vendor models

Working with downloaded Vendor models can be an issue, since these are often. STEP or .IGES files. You may not have full control over the level of detail included in the model. One of the main causes of slow SOLIDWORKS performance is due to the level of detail being displayed on screen. For vendor models, we usually only need the outer shell for representation and certain faces to mate to. Per example, I have a downloaded a step file of an Automation Bottle Machine. I do not require the inside components as this will only be represented for spacial requirements in a plant layout. There are certain things you can do to simplify your imported file: Simplify Imported File Technique #1: Delete internal components When opening a step file from the open file window, under file type, I will select step file. The reason I am doing this is that…

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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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SolidWorks Tutorial: Import Diagnostics (4) – Sheet Metal Conversion [VIDEO]

This is the fourth in a series of articles focused on troubleshooting and healing topological errors from geometry imported in SolidWorks. After we demonstrated the power of the Import Diagnostics tool for healing topological errors in imported geometry, today we will consider a completely different case study; a sheet metal part that, when imported, will generate topological errors wherever faces are superimposed on each other. This type of error can be revealed by the Import Diagnostics tool, but cannot be healed automatically. In order to solve the topological problems and convert the imported geometry into a SolidWorks Sheet Metal part, we will use various techniques you can learn in the Surface Modeling and Sheet Metal courses, including: copy surface convert a surface body into a solid body convert a solid body to sheet metal find the minimum radius of curvature of given face delete and patch faces create hems Enjoy the video: Note: The model shown…

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SolidWorks Tutorial – Import Diagnostics (3) – Troubleshooting and Healing [VIDEO]

This is the third in a series of articles focused on troubleshooting and healing topological errors from geometry imported in SolidWorks. As we discovered in the second article of this series, the Import Diagnostics is a good tool for troubleshooting topological errors. It can also be used for fixing most of them automatically, or semi-automatically (as shown in the first article). I was searching for a great case study of a model with a lot of imported geometry errors that could be healed completely inside the Import Diagnostics dialog box. Fortunately David Bernick posted an excellent example on the SolidWorks Forum. Watch this video in order to fully appreciate the power of the Import Diagnostics tool:  

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SolidWorks Tutorial: Import Diagnostics (2) – The Manual Healing Technique [VIDEO]

This is the second in a series of articles focused on troubleshooting and healing topological errors from geometry imported in SolidWorks. Yesterday we presented a simple case study of using the Import Diagnostics tool inside SolidWorks for troubleshooting and fixing errors in an imported body. While that workflow did not use the automatic healing options inside the Import Diagnostics tool, it allowed the user to find the parasite face that created the problem and manually remove it, thus healing the solid body. Today we will take a look at a more difficult problem where the topological errors are so complex that neither the automatic, nor the manual tools inside the Import Diagnostics could heal the solid body. That being said, the Import Diagnostics is still very valuable for its troubleshooting functionality. In this case, it will reveal that the problem is created by multiple overlapping faces, as you can see in Fig. 1. For…

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SolidWorks Tutorial: Import Diagnostics (1) – “Face Piercing Through Solid” Error [VIDEO]

 This week, we will post a series of articles focused on troubleshooting and healing topological errors from geometry imported in SolidWorks. Two designers of different nationalities can communicate using a lingua franca, a language that is not native to either of them, but which is known (to a certain degree) by both. It is also called a bridge language. Let’s consider a Dutch talking to a Chinese in English. The Dutch will think in his/hers mother tongue and translate those thoughts in English. The Chinese will hear the English words and will translate them in Mandarin or Cantonese in order to process the information in a language that is familiar. How accurate will this communication be? That depends on a lot of factors: How well the Dutch speaks English How well the Chinese understands English If there is a direct translation of the Dutch words and expressions in English If not,…

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