SOLIDWORKS Export

SOLIDWORKS Sheet Metal Bend Lines mapped to DXF Layers

When exporting a SOLIDWORKS sheet metal part to DXF/DWG, you have the option to save different entities to separate layers.  The layers can also be set to different colours and linetypes.  This is accomplished with a Mapping file setup in the Export options. The first…

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SOLIDWORKS export options for a SOLIDWORKS Composer .SMG file

A common question we receive from customers with SOLIDWORKS Composer is: “What are the recommended export options when saving a SOLIDWORKS file to the SOLIDWORKS Composer .SMG file format?” Export .SMG file from SOLIDWORKS The following SOLIDWORKS export options are available effective with the release…

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SOLIDWORKS exported STEP file only includes one of my assembly components?!

SOLIDWORKS STEP File

You have been asked to send a SOLIDWORKS STEP file of your assembly and you know that it only takes a few seconds. You open your assembly and save it as *.step. Of course, you open the STEP file to make sure that everything is…

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Can you use SOLIDWORKS for 3D Printing?

SOLIDWORKS 3D Printing

The short answer to this question is yes, you can use SOLIDWORKS for 3D Printing. With SOLIDWORKS you are able to save your Part file as an STL (standard triangulation/tessellation language) file and a professional 3D Printer with it’s 3D printing software will be able to work with your SOLIDWORKS…

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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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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…

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Selecting Base Scale for Exporting SOLIDWORKS Drawings to DXF/DWG

When exporting SOLIDWORKS drawings to DXF/DWG format, scale factor needs to be taken into consideration to avoid incorrect dimensions and a potential loss of material. Changing scale in a SOLIDWORKS drawing view does not affect dimensions displayed as they are parametrically linked to the part or the…

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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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