Import Diagnostics

Imported Bodies Video Series – 1. Troubleshooting an Imported Model [VIDEO]

There are lots of reasons why models imported in SolidWorks from IGES, STEP or Parasolid files have topological errors. The simplest analogy I can make is that the various CAD products used for creating geometry speak different languages and, in order to understand each other,  they need translators. These translators are the neutral formats mentioned before. That being said, whenever you get a middleman in the communication chain, bits of information could be lost and as a result you get topological errors like: gaps in the body self intersecting faces faces with more than one closed contour faces that are piercing the solid body Once the errors are identified they need to be repaired before using the model for anything else. In this series of articles,…

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3 POINT CHECKLIST for Importing Neutral File Formats into SolidWorks

Anyone who has ever had the opportunity to sit through one of my classes and been unfortunate enough to have asked the question “Why don’t my imports ever work” has likely had to sit and listen to my twenty minute dissertation (OK… It’s a bit…

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Mayday! – The Customer Sent a New STEP File in the 11th Hour

You spent a lot of time on this project. Everything started with a STEP file received from your customer, file that you imported in SolidWorks, repaired, cleaned up, added the required features (don’t they not know molded parts need draft?)… Now the feature tree is 3 feet long….

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