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The Future of 3d cad software market cloud based

The Future of 3D CAD Software Market – Cloud Based or Desktop?


The Future of 3D CAD Software Market - Cloud Based or Desktop?

Future of 3D CAD Software


‍3D modeling and design software are one of the biggest trends in the industry right now. It’s no wonder; with so many different applications to choose from, it can be difficult to find the perfect solution for your company. Luckily, the industry is ripe for innovation, which will only increase with the future demand for 3D cad software. 

This blog post will cover some key points from our report and provide further insight into the future of 3D CAD Design Software.

3D CAD Design Software Market Size, By Product and Service

The 3D CAD Design Software market is expected to grow at a CAGR of 34.3% during the forecast period, with market size of $8.8 billion in 2019 and $12.2 billion by this year. Rising demand for 3D printing and increasing demand for advanced manufacturing technologies are the major factors driving the market.

3D CAD Software Market Size

In addition to the rising demand for customized products and advanced design software are some of the other factors driving the market. Geographically, North America led the market in 2017, followed by Europe and Asia-Pacific.

The market for 3D CAD Design Software is highly consolidated. These factors, as well as increasing investments in research and development activities, are the key growth drivers for the market.

3D CAD Design Software Market Growth Factors

The market for 3D CAD Design Software is expanding with increasing investments in research and development activities.

The advent of cloud-based solutions has helped in providing end-to-end solutions for product design. Moreover, the growing adoption of IoT across various industries is also a major factor in the market growth.

Rising demand for customized products and advanced design software are some of the other factors driving the market. The Internet of Things (IoT) and advanced machine intelligence are driving innovations in autonomous manufacturing.

These factors, as well as increasing investments in research and development activities, are the key growth drivers for the market.

Market Dynamics:

Market Dynamics of 3D CAD Design Software

The 3D CAD Design Software market has witnessed significant growth owing to the growing demand for advanced manufacturing technologies. Increasing demand for customized products and advanced design tools drives the growth of 3D CAD market.

Market growth is expected to driven by the increasing adoption of IoT across various industries, along with investments in R&D activities. However, regulatory guidelines are hindering market growth.

Market Prospects: Key Players and Future Trends

Cloud-based solutions are also becoming more popular, which is expected to further accelerate market growth.

A CAGR of 34.3% is projected for the Cloud-based Design market from 2018-2022.

Furthermore, the increasing use of 3D printing for manufacturing has been a challenge for the market.

Besides, the market is segmented based on the type of product, end-user, and geography. The report, therefore, provides comprehensive insights into the market, evaluates the market prospects, and provides key insights into the future of the market.


This market is one of the fastest growing markets in the CAD Software sector. The adoption of Cloud-based Design Software such as 3DExperience SolidWorks is expected to be driven by its potential to improve the quality and efficiency of product design and manufacturing.

On top of that, the increasing demand for customized products is expected to drive the market in the near future.

How to create SolidWorks ID

How to create SOLIDWORKS ID/Customer Portal Account?



            A SOLIDWORKS ID is your single account credentials for all things SOLIDWORKS-related. Use it to access the download link for the different versions of SOLIDWORKS, search the knowledge base advanced questions and answer and view training videos. In this article, I have listed step by step guide to creating SolidWorks Id through the SolidWorks portal.


1. Use this link for creating a SOLIDWORKS ID  

Click the link  (OR) Use in the internet browser > Type > Click menu in upper right corner > Select SW customer portal

SolidWorks portal


2. Click on Create a SOLIDWORKS ID

Create SolidWorks id

Now enter your e-mail address and serial number > CLICK Next.

It doesn’t matter if you enter a Standalone license or Network license serial number.

SolidWorks id for customers


NOTE: For Network license serial number, If you have multiple SOLIDWORKS users at your company and only one serial number, you should have no issues creating multiple accounts using the same serial number.

3. Activation link (OR) Company details

The company details on the next page should automatically propagate. If not insert these.

An activation link will be sent to your e-mail address, select the link to activate your account.

4. Log in to the SOLIDWORKS Customer portal

The SOLIDWORKS Customer portal users with the ability to:

    • Access the SOLIDWORKS knowledge base, Where you can search for solutions and SPRs.
    • Download the latest releases of SOLIDWORKS versions.
    • Review your Software licenses and subscription service information.
    • View the status of SPRs.

SolidWorks login dashboard


What's New SOLIDWORKS 2022 Top 6 feature updates in 3D CAD

What’s New SOLIDWORKS 2022: Top 6 feature updates in 3D CAD


What's New SOLIDWORKS 2022: Top 6 feature updates in 3D CAD

In this blog, we are going to explore What's new SOLIDWORKS 2022: Top 6 feature updates in 3D CAD

1. Dimensioning Tool:

After the completion of each and every drawing dimensioning is the major process to be done to define the drawing completely. This dimension is done by using the dimensioning tool. This tool should be accessed easily to complete the work as soon as possible. And for dimensioning a circle we have three types of dimension leaders and they are radial and diametrical and linear. Considering this Solidworks 2022 has added the feature of changing dimensioning leader style from radial to diametrical or diametrical to linear or linear to radial, within the flyover toolbar. So, let’s have a deep look at this added toolbar in Solidworks 2022.


Dimensioning tool SOLIDWORKS 2021

Dimensioning in SolidWorks 2021


Here in the above image after dimensioning, to change it from radial to diametrical or diametrical to linear or linear to radial we have to go to the leader option, which is highlighted inside the RED color box, only then we are able to find the option to change the dimensioning style which we require.

Considering this Solidworks 2021 has added the dimensioning leader feature within the flyover toolbar in Solidworks 2022 version, for changing this dimensioning leader style.

Dimensioning Feature in SOLIDWORKS 2022

As mentioned above to reduce the time and easily access the tool, Solidworks 2022 has been launched with the new feature and shortcut for this dimensioning leader style of circular objects. Let’s have a detailed look into the dimensioning leader added to the flyover toolbar.

New Dimensioning feature in SolidWorks 2022

By keeping the cursor on the dimension already given and left-clicking over that displays a flyover toolbar as like in the above-mentioned image.

Click the first icon highlighted in RED color to change the dimension from diametrical or linear to radial leader style of dimensioning.

New Dimensioning feature in SolidWorks 2022 - 2

Select the second icon to change the dimension from linear or radial to diametrical leader style of dimensioning.

New Dimensioning feature in SolidWorks 2022 - 3

Clicking on the third icon highlighted in RED color changes the dimension from radial or diametrical to linear leader style of dimensioning.


2. Linear Pattern:

With linear patterns, you can produce numerous instances of one or more features that you may evenly space along one or two linear lines.

Let's see how the SolidWorks 2021 & 2022 version varies in the Linear pattern.

Linear pattern in SOLIDWORKS 2021

To create the linear pattern in an older version of SolidWorks, one must select the sketch and the direction. 

Linear Pattern in Solidworks 2021

Here, the selected line became a part of the entities rather than the directional reference. 

Linear Pattern with directional reference


Linear pattern in SOLIDWORKS 2022

In SolidWorks 2022 version, execute the same commands with the sketch. You can select a line from the same sketch that contains the entities to the pattern.

Linear Pattern using sketch in Solidworks 2022

Here, the selected line does not become a part of entities but only as a direct reference.

The changes made in new updates are very small but they can make a difference when making a complex drawing.

Linear Pattern using sketch command


3. Hole Wizard:

Hole wizard is the command to simplify the following work such as making different threading standards, tapped holes, countersink, counterbore holes, changing drill sizes, screw clearances, and slots as well.

For which we just need to click on the type of hole or thread as per requirement. Time saved is comparatively high than manually finding, fixing, and creating holes or slots by means of other commands.

The hole wizard tool is presently improvised with slotting tool feature by changing the direction or position of the slot by simply clicking the TAB key.

Hole wizard in SOLIDWORKS 2021

Hole Wizard in Solidworks 2021

As shown in the above image to change the orientation of the slot we have to change the control vertex parameters. And we need to give relations like a parallel to change the degree of orientation.

Thus the orientation is changed by means of changing all the above-mentioned parameters.

Besides the older version of SolidWorks allows the user to change the orientation of the slot after changing the relations.

Hole wizard in SOLIDWORKS 2022

Hole Wizard in Solidworks 2022 - Horizontal orientation Hole Wizard in Solidworks 2022 - Vertical orientation

The user needs to only Press the Tab option to change the orientation accordingly.

This saves a lot of time for designers/engineers to meet their deadline at right time.


4. Predefined Views:

In SolidWorks 2021 version, the user cannot specify the model orientation as a trimetric, dimetric, or flat pattern.

But in the upgraded version, the user can create a predefined view and also be able to specify the model orientation as a trimetric, dimetric, or flat pattern in a drawing. This is very useful for the user who needs to create a drawing template that contains specific predefined views.

Predefined Views: SOLIDWORKS 2021 Vs 2022

Predefined view - Drawing 1 Predefined view - Drawing 2                    

Views Creation in an upgraded version of SolidWorks:

In SolidWorks Drawing, Click the Predefined view option from the command bar

Select the drawing view to predefine our requirements.

Predefined view creation

Then select the type of pattern we need for the particular view/drawing.


Predefined view final output

Now you can create the predefined view and specify the model orientation as Flat Pattern, Trimetric, and Dimetric.


5. Rotating a section view about an Axis or Hole:

In this feature, the user can rotate the section view plane through an axis, temporary axis, hole, or cylindrical face.

In the SolidWorks 2021 version, there is a feature for section view in the different planes like Front Plane, Top Plane, and Right Plane. However, the edge or axis feature that is not available in SolidWorks 2021 Version. 

Comparison of SOLIDWORKS 2021 & 2022

rotating section view in Solidworks 2021                 rotating section view in Solidworks 2022


To create a section view about an axis, go to section view property manager. Under Section, click Section About Axis.

Select an axis, hole, or cylindrical face, and then select a point or vertex to create the section view plane.

The below image shows steps that how to create a section view about a hole or axis.

rotating section view with axis in Solidworks 2022

rotating section view with plane and axis in Solidworks 2022


6. Mirroring with Two Plane:

SOLIDWORKS has worked on the Mirror feature to reduce time wastage and increase performance.

Let’s take a part drawing for a better understanding of Mirroring.

Click the mirror option in the command bar to create the mirror feature. In the mirror dialogue box,  select the plane with which the features need to be mirrored as shown below the image. 

Mirror option in command bar

The below image shows the resultant body using the mirror feature in 2021. Here the SOLIDWORKS 2021 lets you only create mirroring with a single plane.

Mirroring in SolidWorks 2021

Mirroring in SOLIDWORKS 2022

With SolidWorks 2022 version, the user can able to select the dual-plane while creating a mirroring feature in the same part. 

Check the results of the SolidWorks 2022 Mirror feature shown below.


Mirroring in SolidWorks 2022

In addition to that, we have Mirror Seed only feature on selection it mirrors the seed features about the dual planes. 

Mirroring with seed feature in SolidWorks 2022


SOLIDWORKS 2022 brings many new exciting features and improvements. My personal favorite is the mirror feature in the above-discussed topics. What's your favorite feature update in SOLIDWORKS 2022? Comment below!


Show assembly as part in indented BOM in SOLIDWORKS

Show assembly as part in indented BOM in SOLIDWORKS


Best Practices to use indented BOM in SOLIDWORKS

Generally, the main purpose of indented BOM in SOLIDWORKS is to show all the parts inside an assembly and subassembly in detail.

Sometimes when we use a standard assembly component item in SOLIDWORKS for creating a model which is a bought-out and SOLIDWORKS consider that as an assembly and it will list all the part in that assembly in indented BOM. Since it is a bought-out item our requirement will be it needs to appear as  a single part in our BOM

If we save that assembly as a part and use it in the assembly all the kinematic motion will be lost. And we can’t use the motion in the assembly

Let me insert an assembly to the assembly and then take the BOM for example.

In this case, the hydraulic cylinder line item number 6 is a brought our item, and we need it as a single line item, lets's see how we can do it in this blog

BOM of Hydraulic cylinder assembly


Open the assembly of the hydraulic cylinder and then go to the configuration

Select and right-click on the configuration.

SOLIDWORKS BOM configuration properties

Under the Bill of material option, choose “Hide”.  The hide option will hide all the parts in this assembly BOM.

Hide or Show parts in BOM properties

Now Let me insert this part into the assembly and then take the BOM for example.

Show assembly as part in intended BOM in SOLIDWORKS

The hydraulic cylinder line item number 6 is a brought as item, and it is still an assembly with all the constrain and motion. Now it will show as a single line item in assembly indented BOM in SOLIDWORKS.

I hope this blog is helpful for all, apply this in your BOM creation and simplify your work.


Solidworks Task Scheduler

How to use the SOLIDWORKS Task Scheduler to stay on track?

How to use the SOLIDWORKS Task Scheduler to stay on track?

          In day to day, our design life the designer spends lots of time taking a number of pints, creating a drawing, exporting and importing files. Solidworks professional and premium offer to access the Solidworks task scheduler for helps your productivity and work efficiently.

The Solidworks Task Scheduler set up tasks to perform at a future time. You can also use SOLIDWORKS Task Scheduler for scheduling the job during off-peak hours.


The Task Scheduler allows you to perform automated tasks on a computer. you can schedule any program to run at any time for you.

You can access SOLIDWORKS TASK SCHEDULER in two different locations,

  1. Windows search > TYPE task > CLICK Solidworks task scheduler
  2. In Solidworks menu bar > Tools > Solidworks applications > CLICK Solidworks task scheduler

Search Task scheduler


Select tools in solidworks applications


            The user interface helps to assign the task and verify the status along with a date and time. The highlighted area is the task lists.

Solidworks Task scheduler Interface


The task details are given in the next picture, for more clarity.

Note: In scheduling time your system must be in switch ON condition.


Task list

In the task scheduler, the most commonly used tasks are given below…

  1. Print files
  2. Import files
  3. Export files
  4. Creating drawings


The print file task helps you to save time and productivity. You can schedule tasks to print drawing files in are specified type within a folder. You can specify one or more files or folders, but you cannot specify both files and folders in the same task. For example: A0, A1, A2, A3, A4


    • Click the print file in the task list.
    • Add a specific file or folder to print.
    • Click an option for printer setting.
    • Set the printer name, sheet size, no of copies.
    • Set the scheduling date and time.
    • Click finish for scheduling.

Note: your drawing sheet size and printer set size must be in same.



            You can schedule tasks to import Parasolid, IGES, STEP, ACIS, VDAFS, SLDXML, and Rhino files into SOLIDWORKS part (*.sldprt) files. You can import individual files or all files of a specified type within a folder.

Import files in Solidworks task scheduler


    • Click the import file in the task list.
    • Add a specific file or folder to import.
    • Click an option for import type.
    • Set the import option for your need.
    • Choose your file output location.
    • Set the scheduling date and time.
    • Click finish for scheduling.


You can schedule tasks to export SOLIDWORKS documents into other formats. You can export individual files or all files of a specified type within a folder.

Export files in Solidworks Task scheduler

Export files in Task scheduler


    • Click the export file in the task list.
    • Choose your export file type in the drop-down.
    • Add a specific file or folder to export.
    • Click an option for export type.
    • Set the export option for your requirement.
    • Choose your file output location.
    • Set the scheduling date and time.
    • Click finish for scheduling.


You can schedule tasks to create drawing files for the SOLIDWORKS part and assembly files. You can create drawings for individual files or all files of a specified type within a folder.

Create Drawings


    • Click creates drawings in the task list.
    • Choose your drawing template with a predefined view.
    • Add a specific file or folder to export.
    • Choose your file output location.
    • Set the scheduling date and time.
    • Click finish for scheduling.

Note: create a drawing template with a predefined view for proper drawing creation.


The SOLIDWORKS Task Scheduler is a great tool for staying on track with your work. By following the steps in this article, you can easily set up task reminders and get alerts when tasks are due. You can also track your progress and see how much time you have left to complete a task. For more tips on using SOLIDWORKS, be sure to like, follow, and comment on this article.


SOLIDWORKS Interference Detection How to Identify Fix and Avoid it

SOLIDWORKS Interference Detection: How to Identify, Fix, and Avoid it?


SOLIDWORKS Interference detection: How to Identify, Fix, and Avoid interference?


Interference detection is the process of finding and fixing errors or issues with your design. It can be difficult to know where to start when your model starts to feel like a minefield of problems. In this article, you will learn how SOLIDWORKS interference checking tools can help you find and fix many common mistakes in your models.

4 Steps to fix interference detection in SOLIDWORKS

SOLIDWORKS has a built-in interference detection tool which can be used to identify potential interferences between mating parts. The steps to check for interference are as follows:

1. Open the assembly file and select the mating parts to be checked for interference.
2. Click on the interference detection tool under the Assembly toolbar.
3. The interference detection window will open up. Select the appropriate options and click on the OK button.
4. SOLIDWORKS will check for interferences between the selected parts and generate a report.

In the below example we will be analyzing component interference's found within the assembly interference, and  detection analyzes geometry.

How to identify Interference detection in SOLIDWORKS?

First, Interference detection is found within “Evaluate tab” in tools.

"Click Tools --> Evaluate --> Interference Detection"

Interference detection tool tab

Note: It is easy to see interference's but sometimes it can be difficult to determine. By default, the selected component will be assembly. You can delete it by right-clicking on the name of the assembly and delete.

To select new parts, click on the desired area in the Graphics window.

Here, the components are overlapped as shown in below assembly image.

Overlapped component - interference detection

How to solve it?

To solve we need to calculate interference's within the entire assembly or specify components and then calculate for entire component.

As a result, the interference detection highlights the overlapping volumes of both components as transparent object.

Highlighted component - interference detection

Next, check the mates associated with the component using view mates tool option. Now we know the distance between the two interfering components.

View Mates Option Edit coincidence mate - interference detection


Adjust the dimension & check for interference till you can see there are no longer any interference between the selected components. After making all the corrections, functionality between the components is  .

SOLIDWORKS had easy to change the distance and the overlapping issues have been resolved.

Edit distance mate  Results section

Interference detection was great for static interference's when it comes to dynamic collisions we need to use a different tool the move component command contains a collision detection feature will check collisions between all components.

Interference detection can be useful to ensure that the component has the desired level of motion.

How to avoid Interference and enhance detection results?

There are a few things you can do to help ensure accurate interference detection results:

1. Properly define all mating surfaces.
2. Place all components in the correct orientation.
3. Use mating pairs wherever possible.
4. Check your results carefully, and correct any errors.


SOLIDWORKS interference detection helps you identify and fix problems with your designs before they cause issues during manufacturing.

In this article, we looked at the root-cause of interference and how to fix it. If you need any help with interference detection or any other SOLIDWORKS features, contact our technical experts for immediate assistance.


Rename file in SOLIDWORKS using Pack & go

How to Rename/Change the file name in SOLIDWORKS using Pack & Go for revision change


Rename/Change the File Name In SOLIDWORKS using Pack and GO for Revision Change

In this blog we are going to see how we can use a hide function in “Pack and Go” option for replacing the text in the file name.

Pack and go option is one of the popular options that we all use to know; it will help us to get all the reference files of any assembly or drawing so you can share can it with others or to create a complete backup.


To open Pack and Go dialog box Select File --> Pack and GO

Prefix and suffix option in the pack and go dialogue box will use to add the text in front or back of your file name correspondingly

For example, you have added R1 in your suffix and saved a file for a revision change

Revision change or renaming in SOLIDWORKS

Now you need to make a revision R2 in the renamed file

In this scenario, you can use the option select/replace

Click the button and you will see the dialogue box as below

Pack & go - Select replace

Now you can just enter R1 in find and R2 in replace and then close select/replace dialogue box

So all your file name has been renamed from R1 to R2.

Pack & go - rename file

You also have two check boxes as case sensitive and exact match.

Pack & go - Select replace criteria

Case sensitive check box will help to ignore case sensitivity in the characters

And Exact match check box will help you to relax the space between the word

For example, if you have a file name “universal jointR1” you find in R1 will not help to find this R1 since this jointR1 is a single word, in this case, you can uncheck the exact match check box so it will recognize R1 and it can be replaced with R2

Hope this blog is useful.


Empty SOLIDWORKS Drawing Views

An Easy Guide to Resolve Empty SOLIDWORKS Drawing Views


An Easy Guide to Resolve Empty SOLIDWORKS Drawing Views

A troubleshooting guide is always useful to have at hand when working with a new program. You never know when you’ll run into a hurdle that needs to be solved. In this post, we’ll take you through a troubleshooting guide for empty SOLIDWORKS drawing views.

Read on for more details about this topic and tips that may help you solve the problem in a more efficient manner.

What is a drawing view?

A drawing view is a type of dynamic sheet that is used to display information about a model. It is created using an embedded sheet and a dynamic sheet.

You can have multiple drawings open at the same time, and each drawing has an independent sheet with its own properties. When you close any one of them, it will also close all the other drawings that are other sub-elements of that sheet.

The embedded sheet displays the model, and the dynamic sheet is what you see when you open the drawing. In other words, the embedded sheet is the model, and the dynamic sheet is the cover sheet.

What are empty drawing views?

Empty drawing views are a problem related to the missing view on a sheet while drawing. It is a very common issue in SOLIDWORKS, and it can happen for many different reasons.

One reason why you may see an empty sheet is because of missing views. When these are missing, the sheet will show nothing. In short, if there are no views showing on a sheet, it won’t show anything.

Another reason why you may see an empty sheet is that you have an issue with the view settings of the sheet. When these are set to invisible, the sheet view will show nothing.

If you are experiencing the problem that all the views of the sheet are missing, then you can try the following solutions.

How to find empty drawing views in SOLIDWORKS?

As mentioned previously, empty drawing views are caused by missing or hidden views on a sheet. You can easily spot them because the sheet will be completely empty.

There are two ways to find out if you have any empty drawing views. The first one is by using the View Status command. Simply click on the status bar at the top of the drawing area, and you will see this option.

The second way is by using the View Control command. This is found under the View menu, and it gives you more options related to the views on a sheet.

Solve the problem with SOLIDWORKS Drawing Views

The most efficient way to solve the problem with SOLIDWORKS drawing views is by changing the view settings of the sheet. If you have an empty sheet because of hidden views, you can simply change the view settings of the sheet to visible.

You can also change the options by right-clicking on the sheet tab and selecting the view settings from the context menu. In both cases, you will have the view settings visible on the sheet.

If you don’t want the sheet to show anything, simply change the settings to invisible. If you want to display something, change the settings accordingly.

Simply changing the view settings of the sheet won’t solve the problem, but it will at least let you see something. You should also change the view settings in the model so that it overrides the settings of the sheet.

Solve the problem with Empty SOLIDWORKS Drawing Views

In SOLIDWORKS do you view empty views when you open the drawing?

Where did the views and notes go?


Empty SOLIDWORKS Drawing views

We are not happy to see our drawing views displayed like the above image right?

Let's dig deep and know why it is happening.

What causes views to be empty?

What happened was that the model(s) may have been moved from their previous folder to another folder, but the drawing is not updated with references, so it opens with blank displays Because the specified model drawing does not expect it to be.

If the drawing is already open while the model is moved to the new location, the issue is now resolved. The drawing reference will be updated.

How to resolve the empty view Issue?

  • Close the drawing (no need to save)
  • Next, we have to choose Solidworks Home tab > resent document > reference


Select references


Select File --> Open --> Select the drawing, but do not open yet --> References --> Double-click the model --> browse to the model’s new location


SOLIDWORKS Drawing - importing assembly

Double-click the model to browse to its new location.

SOLIDWORKS Drawing - Edit reference file


The new folder path dialog box will be displayed in green and press OK to confirm the change

Now, we need to select the recent drawing.

Select drawing in documents


Thus drawing Views are now populated!

Resolved empty SOLIDWORKS Drawing views

The drawing will now be displayed in all views, and all Annotations will be displayed.


In this article, we discussed a troubleshooting guide for empty SOLIDWORKS drawing views.

We looked at what a drawing view is, what are empty drawing views? and how to find out if you have an empty drawing view on a sheet?

We also discussed how to solve the problem with SOLIDWORKS drawing views, and provided solutions for both the model and sheet view settings.

We hope this guide will help you solve the problem more quickly and efficiently.


SOLIDWORKS 3D INTERCONNECT : It’s Not as Difficult as You Think

SOLIDWORKS 3D Interconnect and Extracting Features

The SOLIDWORKS 3D InterConnect feature enables you to create solid models from other CAD data, including CATIA and Pro/Engineer. Extracting allows for the ability to reverse engineer parts using SOLIDWORKS by removing material from a complete part, generating features that were cut during the process.

SOLIDWORKS has the capability to work with third-party native CAD data files which include ACIS, Autodesk Inventor, CATIA v5 (.CAT part, .CAT Product), IGES, PTC, SOLID EDGE, NX files as shown in Fig(A)

SOLIDWORKS 3D Interconnect



Importing STEP/IGES files and Extracting the Features

SOLIDWORKS has a special option to extract and recognize all the features from other CAD files or STEP/IGES files.

Let us see the step by step process for extracting features from a STEP file

Step 1:

SOLIDWORKS 3D Interconnect importing step file

Fig (B)

Open a STEP file directly into SOLIDWORKS. Once after opening, the part will be viewed as an imported STEP part as shown in fig (C)

SOLIDWORKS 3D Interconnect view step file



Step 2:

Right-clicking the STEP part file allows you to click on the “Dissolve feature” option which will prompt you to break the link of the part initially as shown in Fig (D)


SOLIDWORKS 3D Interconnect dissolve feature

Fig (D)


The below picture shows you the break link dialog box after clicking on the dissolve feature. Click on the “yes, break the link” option as shown in Fig (E)


                                      SOLIDWORKS 3D Interconnect break line option  Fig(E)


Step 3:

Breaking the link from the previous step will convert the step part file into an imported geometry. You can extract the feature only after converting it into an imported file.

Right-click the imported file and go to feature works -> Recognize features. This will induce the user to extract the standard features or sheet metal features as per the wish shown in Fig(F) and (G)


SOLIDWORKS recognize feature option                                 SOLIDWORKS feature works options

Fig(F)                                                                                          Fig(G)


Step 4:

The Complete recognition of the remaining features in the imported body. When recognition is complete, the imported body no longer appears in the SOLIDWORKS Feature Manager design tree.

SOLIDWORKS feature manager



In this blog, we have elaborated on how to use SOLIDWORKS 3D Interconnect. I hope you can now easily navigate with the options shown and improve your design. If you have already used 3D Interconnect options and faced any issues please comment below so that our technical team will assist you to solve the issue.

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