because solidworks 2016 can not open CATPart files.
Pay for an addin and it can open them.
Yes you need the addin
Hmmm..Can you can help me understand some things? I thought V6 was totally database driven and there really isn't a "file" per se. Do you have to access to CATIA V6 directly to open the CATPart file or is there some sort of secondary output?
That looks promising. I remember the days of $10,000 translators. $2,500 Euros isn't that bad but I would still require a big project to justify the cost. I also noticed that there is not Export to V6.
But I think you need access to V6 correct? You have to somehow get the data from CATIA database to the translator to translate to a SW file, correct?
You open the addin while your in solidworks. Then click on the V6 Catia file and it will translate into solidworks . Than you save it as a solidworks file. You might have to run the solidworks file thru feature works.
Sorry about all the questions and thanks for the patience.
Let's try this from a different point of view. How do you "open" the V6 file if I am a supplier and you are the author/engineer? Are you sending me a file or what?
If someone sends you a catia V6 file you open your addin in solidworks for catia and open the file they sent you. It will translate into a solidworks file. You than can create PDF's or step files or parisolid files. I do it every day.
Yes, CATIA V6 makes .3dxml files. So you will receive a 3dxml file that you will be able to open in SolidWorks with Datakit's plug-in.
Sadly you need the add-in. Be careful some of these translators don't bring in the model annotations (PMI) from Catia.
Dassault you own both of the softwares! Why can't they talk to each other without a 3rd party?
Because they are based on two different modeling kernels and now with V6 two different "file" strategies/ platforms all together.
If kernel type was a game stopper there wouldn't be outside companies doing this.
Take a look at the 2017 release notes looks like this functionality is coming.
It's because of kernel differences that you have outside companies doing this. DS may have some legalities to deal with since they license the Parasolid kernel from Siemens PLM for SolidWorks and owning their own for CATIA and SW 3EXP apps. It's a possibility anyway.
With SW2017 you can open many differnt types of CAD files in native format.
Here is how it is described on the SW website.
3D Interconnect in SOLIDWORKS® 2017 delivers groundbreaking new capabilities for working with both neutral and native CAD data from various sources, unlocking powerful new workflows for you to collaborate with customers and vendors. You can now:
Following link will help open the page and there a small video showing the functionality.
I had a look at more detailed presentation on this functionality at the launch event in Faxborough this week. It looks very promising.
Bruce Holway, Mark Schneider
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