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Problems with imported model? Import Diagnostics to the rescue!

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So you imported some model and it’s giving you grief.  Perhaps inexplicable behavior that cannot be resolved simply by restarting SOLIDWORKS.  We feel your pain! At the earliest opportunity, you want to run Import Diagnostics.  It’s a powerful tool that harness the miracle of computer-based…

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SOLIDWORKS Import Diagnostics and Repairing Import Errors

SOLIDWORKS Import Diagnostics and Repairing Import Errors

A support call about errors in imported models usually ends with a question how to avoid such errors.  In an assembly with many imported models it can be a difficult and overwhelming task to identify files with errors and correct them.  Checking models for errors…

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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…

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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…

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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;…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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Imported Bodies Video Series – 3. Repairing an Imported Model (Automatic Selection of Open Edges Using a Macro) [VIDEO]

In the first episode of this series I deleted a faulty face from an imported model, only to re-create it using the planar surface feature in the second episode. I hope you remember how cumbersome it was to select all those unconnected open loops in order to define the boundary of the new planar surface. Fortunately, any repetitive manual work could easily be performed by macros (the equivalent of industrial robots in SolidWorks). It actually took less than 5 minutes for my colleague Adam Bridgman, who is teaching the SolidWorks Visual Basic and the SolidWorks API courses here at Javelin, to write a macro for selecting all the open edges from a part. As you will see in the third video of this series, re-creating a planar surface with a…

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