A simple question: Can a SW user work with a 2016 SW file that has been exported as a step file?
yes, a step file can be open with any version of SW
I phrased the question badly. I am using ver 2016, my associate is using 2015. If I export it out as a step file, will my associate be able to use it?
Richard,.. you should be saving it as a Parasolid *.x_t (native 3d format) version 26.
SW2016 = 27.0
SW2015 = 26.0
(a parasolid (pig) policemans job is never done...)
Yes, it's purpose of saving as a step file so you can share your model with everyone
It will be a dumb solid with no features. Yes, it can be used in an older version of SolidWorks.
Define what you expect him to be able to do with the file? What do you mean by use?
It would be primarily to view it. But sometimes he would need to hide some parts of assemblies or create a section view. Would you have a simple part or assembly, if you are using 2016, that you could send me as a step file? This way I could see what you are saying. I am still using 2015 at the moment.
Save one of your files as a step file with a different name.
Then open it in your seat of SolidWorks to see what he will get.
Try both parts and assemblies.
Yes, he will be able to do what you have outlined.
..you should be communicating with native Parasolid, not STEP.
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