1 Reply Latest reply on Oct 5, 2015 1:37 PM by Jon Genova

    Importing Inventor files into SolidWorks 2014?

    Timothy Thomas

      I have several hundred Inventor files to import into SW 2014.


      I am able to open an .ipt and an iam in SolidWorks as a DUMB model, then run it thru each part thru recognize feature. However, it does not contain or bring over any part properties.

      SolidWorks does not open their idw files?


      Read I needed to install Inventor Viewer to open .idw files. Installed that but just get errors when trying to open .idw files.



      We use  EPDM, and read in the help site we also need to download Autodesk design reviewer in order to read iProperties that EPDM will pull from to fill out data cards.

      I do see the iProperties when I open an Inventor file, but not sure what to do next.


      I am extremely frustrated, as I have searched for the  EXACT steps and software I need to use in order to transfer inventor files into SW with all the data that should come over.


      Any help would be appreciated.



        • Re: Importing Inventor files into SolidWorks 2014?
          Jon Genova

          This link answers your question succinctly.

          Can SolidWorks open Inventor files?


          (text from link)

          "Beginning with SolidWorks 2003, Inventor R5 files could be opened directly. As of SolidWorks 2011, Autodesk Inventor R11 part (.ipt) and assembly (.iam) files can be imported. Drawings can be imported if first saved as DXF/DWG, which loses associativity to the 3D model.

          The feature history of parts can be imported if Inventor is installed on the same system. Inventor View can be used to import parts as solid bodies.

          SolidWorks can import the following Inventor features: chamfer, draft, extrude, cut extrude, extrude/revolve with contour selection, fillet, holes, linear and circular patterns, mirror, reference geometry, revolve, cut revolve, shell, sketch, sketch dimensions, sweep, cut sweep, threads. Unrecognized features are imported as solid bodies."


          1. You can download and install a 30 day trial of Inventor from the Autodesk website.

          2. Once Inventor is installed, you can open .ipt files and have them rebuilt as native SW models. Why does this work? Because SW remotely controls Inventor through Windows DDE to read the .ipt history tree, query the feature data, and then builds in a .sldprt with the same type of feature in at the same coordinates. Whole .iams can be converted, although I've had spotty results and have had to go back and re-run some individual .ipts and substitute the converted files in the finished .sldasm.

          3. Solidworks will not open Inventor .idw (drawings).

          4. I can't speak from experience as to how well or even if  iProperties are translated over. It wasn't a concern for me at the time.