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Open a Solidworks file as a sheet metal part in Inventor 2011

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01-20-2011 12:53 PM

Hi all,

 

I have a Solidworks file that is a sheet metal part in Solidworks...

 

I need to know how to open this file in Inventor so that I can access the features (eg. Flange, Hole, etc.) in Inventor.

 

We are recieving the Solidworks file from a design firm and once our work with them is done, we need to be able to edit the file ourselves.

 

I am open to all suggestions.

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Re: Open a Solidworks file as a sheet metal part in Inventor 2011

01-20-2011 12:59 PM in reply to: onebigfellah

File>Open files of type *.sldprt
Set the sheet metal style to correct thickness.
Edit the features that are incorrect and therefore need editing.

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01-20-2011 01:32 PM in reply to: onebigfellah

you might be able to use this to get some of the features in:

http://labs.autodesk.com/utilities/feature_recognition/overview/

 

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Re: Open a Solidworks file as a sheet metal part in Inventor 2011

01-21-2011 05:26 AM in reply to: JDMather

@  JDMather

 

The problem is that when I open the Solidworks file there are no features to edit...even after setting the thickness.

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Re: Open a Solidworks file as a sheet metal part in Inventor 2011

01-21-2011 05:59 AM in reply to: BMiller63

@ B Miller63

 

That is a nice addon, but it only works for solid models that are not sheet metal parts.

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Re: Open a Solidworks file as a sheet metal part in Inventor 2011

01-21-2011 07:29 AM in reply to: onebigfellah

onebigfellah wrote:

@  JDMather

 

The problem is that when I open the Solidworks file there are no features to edit...even after setting the thickness.


I can edit parts with no feature tree (of course there are still features - even without a history tree) without significant issue.  What problem are you experiencing in editng parts?

 

Even SolidWorks does not preserve a history tree going backwards - but is it still possible to edit the part without a history tree in SWx as well.

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Re: Open a Solidworks file as a sheet metal part in Inventor 2011

01-21-2011 11:36 AM in reply to: JDMather

How do you change the bend radius on a flange in Inventor when the file doesn't have any features to edit?

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Re: Open a Solidworks file as a sheet metal part in Inventor 2011

01-21-2011 11:43 AM in reply to: onebigfellah

Three choices:

 

1. brute force.

 

make a cut to remove the existing bend from the solid body.  extend the cut to match the ends of the new radius.  Make an extrusion with the new radius to suit.

 

2. Inventor Fusion may help.  See Autodesk Labs

 

3 Buy Solidworks

 

Next time make sure that your subcontractors use the same CAD package as you. 




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Re: Open a Solidworks file as a sheet metal part in Inventor 2011

01-21-2011 12:09 PM in reply to: onebigfellah

onebigfellah wrote:

How do you change the bend radius on a flange in Inventor when the file doesn't have any features to edit?


...or #4 The Easy Way

 

Delete Face with Heal

Bend

 

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Re: Open a Solidworks file as a sheet metal part in Inventor 2011

01-24-2011 04:57 AM in reply to: onebigfellah

I am currently downloading Fusion and I will be giving that a try shortly.

 

I'll let you guys know what comes of it.

 

Otherwise, I will be entertaining some of the other ideas you gents posted.

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