anyone know of any file types I can import from Inventor 2011 into Solidworks 2011 that I can then edit....? Or what steps I can take to change a .igs, .sat, .stl, .stp file into something I can edit?
If you have Inventor loaded onto the same computer as SolidWorks you can import Inventor part / assembly files directly into SolidWorks
no I dont use Inventor.....these files are coming from sister companies who dont use Soildworks.....
The full Inventor doesn't need to be loaded. Inventor View is all that's needed.
To open Autodesk Inventor part (.ipt) or assembly files (.iam) in SolidWorks as features, you must have Inventor 11installed. You can use Inventor View to import files as bodies without having Inventor installed.
ok i tried that....still wont let me change anything or edit the part....
Do you have the Feature Recognition module?
How are you wanting to change the model?
Have you tried using the Move Face function?
I'm not sure what feature recognition is?
I am just testing different types of files to see if i can open and edit them, so I can tell our sister companies what files to send me to use for programming. I may need to change diameters, thickness, hole size, things like that. I use .stl files to program our laser.
As stated in the Help file I quoted above, to import an Inventor file with editable features you must have Inventor installed on your machine. Inventor View only allows import as a solid body without features.
Featue Recognition = FeatureWorks
so unless I have Inventor nothing else will work?
Not at all!
Using Inventor View will import a solid body. If you have FeatureWorks that body can be converted into editable features. FeatureWorks is part of the Premium and Professional versions.
If you don't have FW, you may be able to use the Move Face function to manipulate the body. The Move Face function is more powerful than it first appears.
Regular SW functions can also be applied.
Another alternative is to use the Convert Entities function to recreate sketch geometry, which in turn can be manipulated to create what is needed. There are various tricks or techniques which can be used to get you where you need to be.
You mentioned you are using a Laser ... are you working with flat sheet parts?
If you can upload some specific examples, you will very likely get more specific answers.
I spoke to one of the tech at SW they said Feature Works is my only option, but I dont have SW Pro. So now I think they are going to get rid of Inventor and move the guys to SW. This was mostly a test of what my capabilities are. I do all my parts and programs myself but they were just wondering if I could import and edit.
Amy Ramirez wrote: I spoke to one of the tech at SW they said Feature Works is my only option, but I dont have SW Pro. So now I think they are going to get rid of Inventor and move the guys to SW. This was mostly a test of what my capabilities are. I do all my parts and programs myself but they were just wondering if I could import and edit.
Amy Ramirez wrote:
FeatureWorks isn't a fix all!!! it works great on rectalinear parts but as soon as it's a organic shape FW might only be able to turn the file into maybe 10%, 30%, 50% or even 80% of feature you could use. It has gotten better but when it would have to do a loft or sweep it would have no idea on how to built those features...hell sometmimes it hard enough for us to make those.
just stating some of the issues i have been thru as a machinist/model maker and reverse fixer of parts for people.
( Machinist - Model Maker & Reverse Fixer Of Parts For People )
I can relate Lenny...!
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