File: Heal thyself!

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You just received a non-SOLIDWORKS file to import. -Some hippy who hasn’t started using SOLIDWORKS yet no doubt.

When the SOLIDWORKS import of this file is complete, it looks okay, however SOLIDWORKS says there is some issue with the file.

Next you use SolidWorks’ tools to try and automatically heal it. Sometimes this is all you need.

Sometimes it isn’t.

At this point you have two options:

  1. Use a 3rd party program (i.e. FormatWorks) to try to heal it.
  2. Try to manually heal the file

…but what if you really only need the file for space claiming – a few microns here or there isn’t going to hurt anyone? Who has the time?

Try this: Export the file as a Parasolid binary (.x_b) file. Now re-import this file. You will be surprised how often this simple export/import step automatically heals your models.