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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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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 (3) – Troubleshooting and Healing [VIDEO]

This is the third in a series of articles focused on troubleshooting and healing topological errors from geometry imported in SolidWorks. As we discovered in the second article of this series, the Import Diagnostics is a good tool for troubleshooting topological errors. It can also be used for fixing most of them automatically, or semi-automatically (as shown in the first article). I was searching for a great case study of a model with a lot of imported geometry errors that could be healed completely inside the Import Diagnostics dialog box. Fortunately David Bernick posted an excellent example on the SolidWorks Forum. Watch this video in order to fully appreciate the power of the Import Diagnostics tool:  

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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 (to a certain degree) by both. It is also called a bridge language. Let’s consider a Dutch talking to a Chinese in English. The Dutch will think in his/hers mother tongue and translate those thoughts in English. The Chinese will hear the English words and will translate them in Mandarin or Cantonese in order to process the information in a language that is familiar. How accurate will this communication be? That depends on a lot of factors: How well the Dutch speaks English How well the Chinese understands English If there is a direct translation of the Dutch words and expressions in English If not,…

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Using SOLIDWORKS Direct Modeling to modify an imported model without feature history [VIDEO]

Direct Modeling

How can you modify a model without history? Use the SOLIDWORKS direct modeling tools to reverse engineer an existing model. When you need to create tooling or fixtures for your customer parts, it is often necessary to remove all the details that will not be produced by your tooling, or features which are simply not required for modeling your fixture. This process becomes more complicated when the model you receive from your customer has been created with different CAD software. That means you will import only the geometry of the part, without the feature history that created it. Reverse engineer/model an imported part Trying to reverse engineer the part in order to discover how the model has been created is detective work. Less experienced SOLIDWORKS users will try to guess how the part looked early in the modeling process by adding or removing material, using features such as the Extrude-Boss or Extrude-Cut. This can be a very tedious process, with a…

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SolidWorks Tutorial: Direct Modeling [VIDEO]

Some people will be shocked by the title of this article. How can you say that SolidWorks can do direct modeling when every operation you perform on the model is documented in the feature tree? Let me start by saying that if the definition of direct modeling includes loosing track of the operations you perform on the affected geometry, then SolidWorks does not have direct modeling capabilities. But if you need to modify existing solid bodies, regardless of how they were created, then I can tell you that SolidWorks has the capabilities that you are looking for! This video present a very good example on how you can perform a complex change affecting a local area of an imported body using SolidWorks. The update is…

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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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