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With SolidWorks 3D Interconnect maintain direct integration of native CAD files from PTC®Creo®, Autodesk® Inventor®, Siemens® NX, SolidEdge®, and CATIA®, and treat them like native components.

SolidWorks 2017 makes it easy to collaborate and import 3rd party data from suppliers, vendors and customers. Rather than importing  in a neutral file format you can directly insert a part, component or assembly. Bring in various file formats and use them as if they were native SolidWorks files.

3D Interconnect Intelligence

Working with 3rd party data that is subsequently changed in its native design environment is not an issue. SolidWorks 3D Connect intelligently understands and recognises changes. By honouring edge and face ID’s, changes such as PTC Creo versioned files are updated like any other change in SolidWorks.

Leverage legacy data that otherwise would have to be left unused or redesigned. Because there is no traditional translation required, opening files from 3rd party sources is much quicker, whether that is from the internet, suppliers or customers.

What Files Types Does 3D Interconnect Support?

Currently supported are;

  • PTC
    • .prt, .asm for Pro/E – Creo 3.0
  • Autodesk Inventor
    • .ipt for V6 – 2016
    • .iam for V11 – 2016
  • Solid Edge
    • .par, .asm, .psm for v18 – ST8
  • Siemens NX
    • .prt for UG 11 – NX 10
  • CATIA V5 (SolidWorks Premium)
    • .CATPart, .CATProduct for V5R* – V5R2016

In the Video above Jamie Thain, one of our application engineers, shows 3 different work flows. Directly inserting files into a SolidWorks assembly like any other SW component. Secondly, you will be shown how to directly open a PTC Creo file in SolidWorks and use it like a derived or base part. This will also highlight how 3D interconnect handles changes to a part including PTC Creo versioned files. Lastly, you will be shown how to break the link to the original CAD data and work with the files in a mixed CAD environment. This may be to add your own features to an assembly component or to perform FeatureWorks recognition on a specific component.

Bailey Caravans

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