A vendor sent me a STEP file and when I import it into SW, I end up with nearly 16,000 surfaces and a 196 KB file size. This is way too complex for my use. What's the best strategy for turning this into a simple, single-body part?
It's all depends on the quality of the file it's originally came from..
Have you tried different import options in SolidWorks?
The other option is to request a parasolid file from your vendor
It was difficult just to get the STEP file, so getting a parasolid file isn't likely. What import options are you referring to?
When you click file open, select file type to .step and select the file, then click options and enable or disable different options and see if make any difference
You can also try import diagnostics, once it is open in SolidWorks
Are you able to post the original file here to check?
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