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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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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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Marble Roller Coaster Save Template (Part 3 of many) [VIDEO]

To read the first part of this series of articles, please CLICK HERE. To read the second part of this series of articles, please CLICK HERE. The next step is to create a template or library part that will be used to create all of…

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Imported Bodies Video Series – 2. Repairing an Imported Model (Manual Selection of Open Edges) [VIDEO]

In the first article of this series, I used different troubleshooting tools for finding the culprit that generated the imported body error, i.e. a planar face that was self-intersecting. Deleting the “bad” face created 99 gaps between 101 surface bodies which replaced the original imported solid body. In order to repair the model, I have to re-create the deleted face, which seems simple considering that it was planar (use the “planar surface” feature, right?), but it is complicated by the huge number of unconnected open edges that have to be selected as boundaries of the new planar face. What is the fastest way to manually select all these open edges? What about box selecting them? Watch this video for the whole procedure in order to see the problems I…

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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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Adding Parametric Intelligence to Imported DWG Geometry [VIDEO]

Ever wonder what SolidWorks can do with DWG geometry. We have some super abilities when it comes to adding intelligence and actually linking the static DWG dimensions to existing DWG geometry – Take a peek and see how!

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SolidWorks Import Solution: Wrong Units in IGES Files?

So you have just received a file from your customer in the IGES format and when you open it up, you notice that its size has been scaled up by around 25. The issue is that you were expecting the units to be in mm but the file is stored in inches. One way would be to simply scale the entire model by a factor of 1/25.4 but what if this is an IGES assembly and has multiple parts. I am sure you will find some way to scale everything and put the things back together again. Here is a simple technique that you can use to correct the units stored within the IGES document. IGES documents are stored as simple ASCII documents so you will need a text editor…

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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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