3D Interconnect In SOLIDWORKS

How to enable and use SOLIDWORKS 3D Interconnect

Many companies use different CAD packages to implement their Designs. Solidworks 2017 introduces “3D Interconnect” option to change the workflow from Other CAD Packages.

Users can perform the following tasks in Solidworks 2017:

  • Designers can import other CAD files directly into the Solidworks assembly without converting it into Solidworks files.
  • Users can modify other CAD files in Solidworks without affecting the original files.
  • Users can also update their files if their original other CAD file modification happens

New Enhancement in Solidworks 2018:

In 2018, Solidworks provides much enhancement in ‘3D Interconnect’ option. Users can import STEP, ACIS, IGES and Other CAD Packages.

Solidworks 3D interconnect can also import Material Properties, Custom Properties, Unconsumed Sketches and Curves and the Reference axis.

The supported file format types are:

  • UG (NX software)
  • PTC® Creo
  • Solid Edge®
  • STEP
  • Autodesk® Inventor
  • CATIA® V5
  • IGES
  • ACIS

Solidworks 3D Interconnect reads only the material names and density attributes from the other CAD Packages. (Note: Only Solidworks Premium can open Catia files).

It reads unconsumed sketches or curves that are not consumed by any features.

Solidworks 3D Interconnect can also read Reference Plane and User Defined Attributes from the STEP, IGES, and ACIS file format.

Users can import STEP, IGES, and ACIS assembly files as Multibody files.

To turn on 3D interconnect option:

To turn on the 3D Interconnect option, click option from the Solidworks window. Then click system option and select the import option then select “Enable 3D Interconnect” in the general file format.

Option > System option > Import > Select “Enable 3D Interconnect”.

Enable 3D Interconnect

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

To import custom properties of other file formats:

Click the drop-down of file format option. Select “Inventor/ Catia v5/ Creo/ NX / Solid Edge” in the File format

Other file format

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Then select the ‘Custom properties’ and ‘Material properties’:

Option > System Properties > Import > File Format > Inventor/    Catia v5/ Creo / NX / Solid Edge.

Material properties

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

To import reference planes and attributes of step files:

Change the file format drop down to STEP / IGES / ACIS.

Option > System Properties > Import > File Format > Select “STEP/IGES/ACIS”.

reference planes and attributes of step files

 

How to Convert Toolbox Part into a Normal SOLIDWORKS Part?

How to Convert Toolbox Part into a Normal SOLIDWORKS Part?

What is meant by Toolbox in SOLIDWORKS?

Toolbox is nothing which contains Bolts, Nuts and Washers with different sizes and shapes which is created in SOLIDWORKS itself by default according to its usage by users and availability in market.

You can find the Toolbox location from the below image.

 

Toolbox location in SOLIDWORKS

 

 

If you use any toolbox components means, it automatically takes the reference from the “SOLIDWORKS Data xxxx” folder unless you uncheck the option “makes this folder the default search location for Toolbox Components” as shown in the below image.

 

SOLIDWORKS Toolbox

 

Once you uncheck this option, then you may use any customized Bolts, Nuts and Washers created by the user which is not available from Solidworks standard Toolbox.

 

NOTE:

Uncheck the option “makes this folder the default search location for Toolbox Components” can also rectify the problem like changing your customized Bolts, Nuts and Washers to the SOLIDWORKS standard Toolbox components once the part or assembly file closed after you save it.

Most of us using these standard toolboxes only. But some people may use customized Toolbox. Customization of SOLIDWORKS Standard Toolbox is another topic that we can discuss in the different blog.

Now let us see how we can change the Toolbox Component into a normal SOLIDWORKS part.

Initially open any Toolbox Component which you want to convert into a SOLIDWORKS part and save it in desktop or any local folder.

For example Hexagon Head Bolt as shown below.

 

Hexagon_Head_Bolt

 

Hexagon_Head_Bolt

 

Now when you create assembly by using this part, you may come across the toolbox symbol in the feature manager design tree which Indicating it’s still going to be treated as a Toolbox file in file references. You can remove this flag very easily to have the part be treated as a normal SOLIDWORKS part by running a utility that is installed with SOLIDWORKS.

 

SOLIDWORKS installation folder

 

Browse into the SOLIDWORKS installation folder which is usually located at:

C:\Program Files\SOLIDWORKS Corp\SOLIDWORKS

 

Then, inside the Toolbox\Data Utilities folder you’ll see a program called

“sldsetdocprop.exe“.

 

 

Toolbox flag

 

Run that program and you’ll be able to add that files have a Toolbox flag, simply:

  1. Add the files,
  2. Leave the “Property State” to “Yes“,
  3. And click “Update Status”.

Toolbox_property

 

 

From the above (Is Toolbox Part) = (Standard) shows that it have the reference of Toolbox or Toolbox property.

 

When you insert the part in assembly it again shows the Toolbox Component symbol feature design tree which confirms it still behave like as Toolbox Component.

 

Toolbox Component_2

 

Now, run that program again and you’ll be able to add that files have a Toolbox flag, simply:

  1. Add the files,
  2. Set the “Property State” to “No“,
  3. And click “Update Status”.

 

Toolbox_Part

 

From the above (Is Toolbox Part) = (No) shows that it is free from the reference of Toolbox or Toolbox property.

 

Now, when you insert the part in assembly it doesn’t shows the Toolbox Component or it shows normal part symbol in feature design tree which confirms that the link with Toolbox Component has been broken.

 

NOTE:

When click “update status” you must close that part in SOLIDWORKS. Otherwise it shows error message.

 

 SOLIDWORKS part

 

This will remove the Toolbox flag and the part will now behave like a normal

SOLIDWORKS part.

 

Now, you will able to use, change or modify this Toolbox Component as a normal SOLIDWORKS part. The next time when you open this part it doesn’t take the reference from Toolbox.