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Are they sending you native Solidworks files? or .IGES?
If it is native Solidworks, and they are sending you assemblies, then open the assembly, and choose "Save as", and save it as a .sldprt. You can then choose "only exterior surfaces".
If it is not a solidworks assembly, take the imported file, and put it in an assembly first.
If this still doesn't work, you make need to "merge bodies" first in the solid part file, thus combining the parts. You also might want to fill in any holes. Then just go through the steps again.
Thanks Charles, it reduced the file size to 1/4.
Good day !