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®
- Autodesk® Inventor
- CATIA® V5
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”.
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
Then select the ‘Custom properties’ and ‘Material properties’:
Option > System Properties > Import > File Format > Inventor/ Catia v5/ Creo / NX / Solid Edge.
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”.