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Retain PMI and Design Intent when you translate CAD Models into SOLIDWORKS with ELYSIUM

ELYSIUM CAD Translator

Got a lot of CAD models and drawings to translate into SOLIDWORKS format?  Don’t want to lose your design intent in the process?  If so, keep reading! At SOLIDWORKS World 2018, a Dassault Systèmes team [who brought us SOLIDWORKS as we know it] out of Germany presented an impressively powerful CAD translation solution called ELYSIUM!  This is, without a doubt, the Cadillac of CAD translators. From the original Greek “Elysion” (meaning “abode of the blessed”, as in the afterlife), ELYSIUM is aptly named as it uses native API to translate other CAD formats (such as Catia®, PTC Creo®, Autodesk Inventor®, neutral formats, etc.) into SOLIDWORKS (and other formats) while also preserving any original design intent and PMI (product and manufacturing information), such as would be used for MBD (model-based definition), CNC machining, automated inspection, etc. It sounds like ELYSIUM literally rebuilds the original model or drawing, from the ground up,…

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How to fix “Encountered invalid record index” error when importing a STEP file

Have you “Encountered invalid record index” when importing a STEP file into SOLIDWORKS? To fix the file try the following: Deactivate “3D Interconnect” in SOLIDWORKS Options > System Options > Import Open the STEP file using text editor such as Notepad. The file will open as text. Use Search/Find, and search for: PRESENTATION_STYLE_ASSIGNMENT If this problematic data is found, replace it using the Search/Find & Replace command with: PRES Save the file. This parameter will now be skipped during the import’s parsing process, and thus the warning will not display and the STEP should import as expected. Retry the Import into SOLIDWORKS.

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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 OK.  But when it loads up you see that only one of the components is saved! You may think that you made a mistake at some point and will try again. But the result is the same. So what is going on here? The problem happens when you have a component in your assembly with the exact same name as the assembly. Although it is not a good practice to have the same names for different files but let’s see how we can fix this issue. To fix the problem open File Explorer in Windows and switch to View tab. Then click on Options >…

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3D Interconnect is even better in SOLIDWORKS 2018!

Introduced in SOLIDWORKS 2017, 3D Interconnect is a revolutionary new technology allowing SOLIDWORKS users to utilize native parts from other CAD systems directly in their designs. See a 2017 demo below: This meant that no conversion to neutral file formats was necessary to view, edit, and manipulate models generated from PTC Creo, Audodesk Inventor, Siemens NX, SolidEdge, and CATIA. Revisions were easily implemented due to consistent face and edge IDs, as imported models could be directly updated right from within the SOLIDWORKS interface. SOLIDWORKS 2018 takes this great functionality and made it even better. Import of Neutral File formats 3D Interconnect SOLIDWORKS 2018 now supports the import of STEP, IGES, and ACIS file formats! This means no conversion is required when utilizing these file types within SOLIDWORKS 2018, as the data is read directly from the file itself. Updating the import with revision data is done directly from within SOLIDWORKS…

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How to increase SOLIDWORKS performance when working with downloaded Vendor models

Working with downloaded Vendor models can be an issue, since these are often. STEP or .IGES files. You may not have full control over the level of detail included in the model. One of the main causes of slow SOLIDWORKS performance is due to the level of detail being displayed on screen. For vendor models, we usually only need the outer shell for representation and certain faces to mate to. Per example, I have a downloaded a step file of an Automation Bottle Machine. I do not require the inside components as this will only be represented for spacial requirements in a plant layout. There are certain things you can do to simplify your imported file: Simplify Imported File Technique #1: Delete internal components When opening a step file from the open file window, under file type, I will select step file. The reason I am doing this is that…

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How to protect your Intellectual Property when sharing SOLIDWORKS files

In most cases, neutral formats such as *.stp are used to hide the details of a design. The reason is that this format provides a dumb solid model without providing much information about how it was made. This capability and even more is possible with the SOLIDWORKS Defeature tool. Using defeature means that you can provide a SOLIDWORKS file to your customer without revealing any of your design details. The Defeature tool will remove details from a part or assembly and save the results to a new file where features are replaced by dumb solids (i.e. solids bodies without feature definition or history). You can then share the new file without giving up any sensitive information or the modeling techniques of your design. The Defeature Tool In addition to helping you protect your intellectual property the Defeature tool also helps reduce the overall size of the file and subsequently improve performance of the part or any assembly that contains the part file. Defeature…

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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 it was to drive it, I soon started trying all the tricks I heard it could do. The first of which was how to export SOLIDWORKS Industrial Designer to SOLIDWORKS because as awesome a tool as SOLIDWORKS Industrial Designer is, it is far, far better if I can harness the awesome power of SOLIDWORKS alongside it. However, exporting the file wasn’t as obvious as I’d initially thought. But, after some experimentation (which I hope to save you the effort), I was able to figure it out. Here’s how you do it: Firstly, it matters where on the Export menu you click. I had thought that SWID…

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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; a sheet metal part that, when imported, will generate topological errors wherever faces are superimposed on each other. This type of error can be revealed by the Import Diagnostics tool, but cannot be healed automatically. In order to solve the topological problems and convert the imported geometry into a SolidWorks Sheet Metal part, we will use various techniques you can learn in the Surface Modeling and Sheet Metal courses, including: copy surface convert a surface body into a solid body convert a solid body to sheet metal find the minimum radius of curvature of given face delete and patch faces create hems Enjoy the video: Note: The model shown…

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