Can I open a SW2014 file in SW 2016 then save it back to the SW2014 format while in SW2016?
The answer is NO. You can't roll back SW 2016 files to SW 2014.
Is it available in Solidworks 2017?
Sorry, but not. The whole idea SW business model is to force users keep subscriptions, upgrade SW every year no matter what, and make impossible to roll SW back, even if you stuck with a problem with newest release.
Natively no, although you might try this third party, beta add-in "Backworks":http://www.backworks.info/
Saving into an older version of Solidworks | BACKWORKS
I'm not affiliated with the program, so please use at your own risk!
Thanks for posting that link.
I looked at the site and it looks very promising.
Don't know when I will be able to test it though.
Yeah it does look good!
The only caveat is that it saves it as a "Backworks" file format. So you'll have to at least open it yourself in the earlier version in order to save as a SWX file and share it.
Or if the recipient of the "Backworks" file has the "Backworks" program.
Can always send the file and a link to "Backworks" and let them install and open.
That to, but I imagine when it is out of Beta, it may not be free.
I just saved a 2016 assem as a para-solid and then opened it in 2015 to realize it came with all the features of parts
but no mates everything is fixed.
Not sure if this is same 2014
You can try saving the file as Parasolid (which is what SolidWork's is based on). SW2017 is Parasolid 28.0 so use Options to go back to 25.0 to get the SW2014 Parasolid version. Not sure what happens to any SW2015/ SW2016 features that do not exist in SW2014.
Let us know how that works out!
Also be very careful if you open an Assembly or Sub Assembly (anything that has other SW files in it). Some of those operations will try to save on exit or changing of ANY file in the assembly. If it asks you if you want to save - SAY NO, if it says it needs to update other files SAY NO or CANCEL.
To be on the safer side, if you want to open ANY file or files with SW 2016 - first do a Pack and Go and save that entire folder to a new location and then open only in that new folder. This will give the best chance of not accidentally saving any files under 2016 and then being stuck not being able to go back as native SW2014 files. ( you would have to do as mentioned above to open as a Parasolid and loose some of your features).
I have not ever tried the software that Logan Pegler spoke about so I can't comment on that.
The safest thing to do is fully backup (on a separate drive) any files that could possibly be changed - before you attempt to open the files.
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