We are currently having to use FreeCAD to import and export a step file generated from Cadence.
The step file appears to come in, where the components are exploded all over.
I too am having the same problem, Cadence think it is a Solidworks issue, but have not heard anything back from Solidworks as of yet.
Pretty big issue, as if you open with FreeCAD and then re-export as STEP, the file size increases massively.
Hello Paul,.. curious, for Cadence/Allegro.. why not export as a IDF and import the IDF into SW? (is IDF not as good as STEP?)
Exporting as IDF doesn't work, if there are no components setup in Circuitworks (Which Solidworks uses when importing IDF) then it just puts solid blocks in place of the components.
I have been onto my VAR, and they are going to look into it for me.
SolidWorks has had an issue with complex Step files for a while (years).
I have not used anything from FreeCAD. Is it possible to share a STEP file to try it?
Can you export as a parasolid file?
thaLtd what I’m going to look at next, hopefully we can
Unfortunately you cannot export as parasolid directly from Cadence/Allegro, only STEP, DXF, IDF etc.
You can open the STEP model in OnShape etc. and then export as Parasolid though.
Another thing I have found is that if you select 3D Interconnect from the import options in Solidworks before you import the STEP model it does actually import correctly.
The reason it will import correctly with 3D interconnect select is because it keeps the link to the STEP file meaning it does not need to translate it to a SW format. It also means that if the STEP file is updated then the SW file linking to it will also update with it. If you would like to break the link you can right click on the part/assembly icon with the green arrow and select dissolve feature.
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