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Tube Lasercutter having trouble reading .iges and .step files generated in Fusion 360

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james72EGG
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Tube Lasercutter having trouble reading .iges and .step files generated in Fusion 360

Hello,

 

I work for a bicycle manufacturer and we've recently begun getting some of our tubes for our framesets lasercut  for us. Overall it's been great, but theres been a persisting issue of some  of our .step or .iges files not showing faces or having altered geometries when read on their system (which i understand is more solidworks native).

 

Additionally when I view the files of issue in the solidworks e-drawing app, I can see some feature lost, but when imported to fusion, its totally fine.

 

I've tried everything I can find. Unstitching the body, opening the file re-checking and saving independently of the parametric timeline, everything keeps bouncing this time for some reason. 

 

Attached are two examples of some of my issue files. In .step it seems i'm not allowed to upload .iges.

 

Thanks in advance for any insight or help.

 

 

 

 

 

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leo.castellon
in reply to: james72EGG

Yeah, not sure what is going on. If I open your step file in Solidworks, 2019, I do get an artifact on one of your seat stay purge holes, but I don't see any other issues; 

leocastellon_0-1682440957949.png

 

When I open your other file, there are numerous face problems which Solidworks will not let me resolve:

leocastellon_0-1682441231701.png

 

And yes, I know what a seat stay is, I am a former long time bicycle frame builder that has moved into another industry.

 

Leo Castellon

 

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seth.madore
in reply to: james72EGG

Hmm. This isn't quite a Manufacture issue, but a data and translation issue. I'm actually going to move this to the Support forum, I think that will be a better place for it.


Seth Madore
Customer Advocacy Manager - Manufacturing
Message 4 of 8
james72EGG
in reply to: leo.castellon

Thanks for confirming the issues are happening in Solidworks as well. 

 

On the Seatstay- are those errors showing because the the model was unstiched before being exported from Fusion?

 

Thanks for your help

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james72EGG
in reply to: seth.madore

I suppose i don't have a choice but whatever helps us find a solution.

 

My hope was to connect with other users who have used Fusion for lasercutting that may have had similar issues in their production.

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seth.madore
in reply to: james72EGG

Understandable on your end. Sad to say, this is something that comes up on the MFG forum very seldom


Seth Madore
Customer Advocacy Manager - Manufacturing
Message 7 of 8
leo.castellon
in reply to: james72EGG

I am not an expert on file translation issues, so I do not know if unstitching it is causing your issue. I get my files from Solidworks mostly, and we import them as step files, they seem to the best when brought into Fusion. Big advantage too with importing step files into Fusion is that they translate right away, with step or Solidworks files, they can take some time to translate. 

 

Having worked on waterjets for a couple of years, I would suggest working with your laser cutter and try different varieties of files. Looking at Fusion's export file capabilities, I do not see an option to save files in older formats. In Solidworks, you have an option to save files in an older version, like step AP203 or AP214. Perhaps your vendor has out of date software?

 

LeoC

Message 8 of 8
james72EGG
in reply to: leo.castellon

Hi Leo,

 

Thanks, thats good information. I'll reach back out and see if the .step standard is a factor. We've got access to 3dexperience Solidworks and can export an older format that way. 

 

Best,

-James

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