Using a DWG or DXF for SOLIDWORKS Drawing Borders

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Would you like to reuse your title block and border information from an already completed .DWG or .DXF file? You can easily import that .DWG or .DXF into SOLIDWORKS and create your new SOLIDWORKS Drawing taking only the information you need copied over. First, we’ll start with a .DWG with a border and title block included. Now, our goal is to get this imported into SOLIDWORKS. To import a .DWG or .DXF file, simply open SOLIDWORKS and go to File […]

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SOLIDWORKS 2018 What’s New – SOLIDWORKS MBD – Importing 3D PMI – #SW2018

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SOLIDWORKS 2018 What’s New – SOLIDWORKS MBD – Importing 3D PMI – #SW2018 With the release of SOLIDWORKS 2018 come some great enhancements to MBD. SOLIDWORKS MBD now supports the import of 3D PMI (Product Manufacturing Information) with your STEP AP242, NX and Creo files. To import your PMI information, go to File > Open and filter out one of the supported file types for PMI import. In this Open dialog, you will now see a checkbox that says “Include […]

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3D Interconnect or File Import? It’s a no-brainer.

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Everyone loves a no-brainer. We’re sorry for the mix-up with your dinner reservation. Can we offer you a table by the window and a free dessert?It’s 2004. Apple’s stock price is $2 per share. Want to buy some?Import your 3rd party CAD file into SOLIDWORKS using the current file import tools or use 3D Interconnect? Whether you are using a purchased part CAD file that you downloaded from your vendor’s website or you are repurposing some of your existing CAD […]

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SOLIDWORKS 2016 What’s New – Import/Export Overview – #SW2016

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SOLIDWORKS 2016 has enhanced some importing and exporting features and has included a few more formats to the list.  Exporting options now include: Exporting Material Properties to IFC 2×3 File Exporting to the IFC 4.0 Format Importing Options now include: Importing of Visual Properties Importing PTC Creo 3.0 Files Importing STL Models Let’s explore each of these options. Exporting Material Properties to IFC 2×3 Files Enhancement: You can now export material properties such as mass, area and volumes that are […]

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Cavity Removal & Replacement

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There are times when one would like to remove the cavity from the model and maybe replace it with some other geometry. So how can we do this easily, especially if there is imported geometry in the model? Lets use a box as a very simple example. (Note: Real world parts are more work, but the basic idea holds true.) So, above is a part with a cavity (pretend it's imported so simply deleting the shell and fillets wouldn't be […]

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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: Use a 3rd party program (i.e. FormatWorks) to try to heal it. Try […]

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