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How to import Product Manufacturing information (PMI) into SOLIDWORKS Composer

SOLIDWORKS Composer can directly import Product Manufacturing Information (PMI) data from SOLIDWORKS models. PMI conveys attributes that are necessary for manufacturing a product component. The attributes include geometric dimensions and tolerances (GD&T), datums, dimensions, Special symbols such as diameters and degrees and surface finishes. To import…

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Creating a Surface from a Mesh Feature in SOLIDWORKS 2018

When a *.stl or *.obj file is imported into SOLIDWORKS, the 3D model opens in a tessellated or meshed form. All faces are broken into some triangular faces. Round faces will have more segments than flat faces. In SOLIDWORKS 2017 a *.stl file could be…

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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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SOLIDWORKS 2017 provides direct import of 3D Scanned Data

SOLIDWORKS Import Mesh File

If you work with 3D scanned data on a regular basis, we are certain that the ability to directly import 3D mesh files into SOLIDWORKS 2017 will be among your favorite enhancements in this latest release. Several types of mesh files can now be directly…

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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…

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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…

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Importing SOLIDWORKS files into SOLIDWORKS Industrial Designer

As a follow-up to my recent blog article about how to export from SOLIDWORKS Industrial Designer to SOLIDWORKS, I’m now going to show you how to take the process the other way (i.e: importing a file from SOLIDWORKS into Industrial Designer). As great as Industrial…

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STL Imports in SOLIDWORKS 2016 means that Bigger is Better!

Not everything that is bigger, is necessarily better – however we can now open larger and more complex STL imports in SOLIDWORKS 2016 to put that theory to the test if we so desire. SOLIDWORKS has increased the upper threshold for the number of facets that can be…

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Importing STL files into SOLIDWORKS as a Solid or Surface model

Occasionally I am asked if there is a way of importing STL files into SOLIDWORKS as a solid/surface model and not as a graphic body. Well the answer is yes, and it is pretty simple. All you need to do is follow these steps: 1. Start…

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