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sinsremoved
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Does inventor open or import Solidworks files

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09-06-2013 01:54 PM

Does Inventor open or allow me to import Solid Works files?

 

Theoretically, yes. I've only imported .step, .sat, and .iges formats, personally. It usually does a good job.

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88nwilson
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Re: Does inventor open or import Solidworks files

09-06-2013 02:48 PM in reply to: sinsremoved

Theoretically, yes. I've only imported .step, .sat, and .iges formats, personally. It usually does a good job.

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cwiklolo
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Re: Does inventor open or import Solidworks files

10-01-2014 09:15 AM in reply to: 88nwilson

What are the most common scenarios where Inventor doesn't open SolidWorks files?

Is there a specific list of SolidWorks file types that aren't accessible in Inventor?

 

My teammates and I are working on a design project and I want to know if I can continue working with Inventor or if I need to switch over to SolidWorks. 

I'd prefer to keep working with Inventor, but I need my Inventor drawings to be able to connect/ mate with my friends SolidWorks drawings, have some basic editing capabilites, and possibly show dimensions.  If I can do that in Inventor, and export to a .dwg or .idw file that would be great.

 

Do you know if I'd hit any road blocks?

 

Thank you for your helpful insight. :smileyhappy:

 

 

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swalton
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Re: Does inventor open or import Solidworks files

10-01-2014 09:35 AM in reply to: cwiklolo

We run Inventor, Solidworks and Creo, as required by our clients.  We do not try to move designs from one program to another, so my experience with this is low.  I think it might be ok for a one-time conversion, but I would hate to move parts/assemblies back and forth between as the design matures.

 

Inventor will usually import Solidworks parts and assemblies in the release that was active at the time of the Invnetor release.

For example, IV 2014 will import files as follows from the help file at:  http://help.autodesk.com/view/INVNTOR/2014/ENU/?guid=GUID-7CF00AFC-D40C-4FFC-B781-338AE2476527

 

Import SolidWorks files

Open and change models created in SolidWorks (versions 2003 - 2012). Autodesk Inventor translates assembly and part files, solids, multi-solids, surfaces, and more. After the import operation is complete, you have a base feature or features which match the geometry and topology of the original file. Use Autodesk Inventor commands to adjust the base features and add new features to the feature tree.

These types of SolidWorks files can be imported:

  • *.prt, *.sldprt (part)
  • *.asm, *.sldasm (assembly)

As I understand it, your model tree for an imported Solidworks file will look exactly like an imported .stp or .igs file.  There won't be a feature history tree for the part files and there won't be any constraints between components in the assemblies. You will have to assign proper materials to your components to get accurate masses. 

 

I am not sure that there will be any way to re-import changes in a file from one system to another without manual steps and re-work.

 

Solidworks drawings will not be imported.  I expect that you will have to use .dwg/.dxf files to exchange drawings.  I don't know if you will be able to keep any link to the source 3d models if you try to exchange data in the dwg/dxf format.

 

I think you should talk your teammates into using Inventor.  :smileywink:

 

  




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