If a latest version of SWX file converted into STEP file can be opened in the older version of SWX after reconverting it.
Well spotted J. Mather, I knew about it but have never seen it in use.
Maha Nadarasa & Shane Kozlowski, if you go to settings as shown below & turn off the option indicated you will get back to normal operation as you expect.
Step file can be open to any SW version - thats why people save as step for sharing
I converted a STEP file that was attached in the forum into SWX file but feature tree is missing.
I only get a single solid body or if an assembly, all the components are solid bodies when I open a step file. Have you had a step file open with features other than a curve feature?
This was what I selected
You will never get a feature tree with file translations. By definition all you are getting is a dumb solid or surface.
This is standard for any file translation out of the native format.
I have seen in a YouTube video it gets a future tree as well.
Importing STEP Files in SOLIDWORKS - YouTube
1st..always save as Parasolid (native kernel)
2nd..they are using FeatureWorks to try and reconstruct the brep
Detail explanation is highly appreciated.
As you see in the video, after importing the step file, he runs feature recognition at 5:59.
Feature recognition creates features from the solid body.
After importing the step file you can go to Insert-Feature Works- Recognize Features to create features for the solid body automatically.
In the video there is a faulty face therefore subsequent options are available. In my one no faulty faces to select. Not only that even though video was uploaded this year SWX version may be previous one because options in the dialog boxes are not similar to mine.
If you don't have any faulty Face, you can simply click the Green check mark above and go ahead.
The following procedure is the same.
This was the way I did but saw feature tree was missing.
That first window that pops up on import is Import Diagnostics where you can hopefully fix any issues with the geometry. After that you normal get the Feature Recognition window pop up asking if you want to carry out Feature Recognition. If you say no you will get a single imported dumb solid (or mu7ltiple for an assembly), if you say yes, SolidWorks will attempt to recognise any features, automatically or manually, & if it succeeds, you will get a feature tree.
Or you can do Feature Recognition after import by right clicking on the Imported solid & selecting as below.
It has something to do with 2018. I see what the OP is talking about. Here is an imported step file of a vendor part I got yesterday. I cannot open or edit any of the parts, it does not show me feature recognition or diagnostics. If I'm reading the Whats New correctly SW is working directly with the step file format. It would be nice to still be able to run feature recognition, or in fact even open the underlying part files though. If anyone knows how please help.
Shane Kozlowski - When you right click as you show above, did you click on the "Customize" option, it could be that that option isn't checked?
Clicking green check is straight away taking window to Feature tree.
Recognize feature is not active.
..it may be deactived,..check your add-on's...
Even if you manage to get a feature tree after export/import it will never be the same as the original tree. This is the nature of native formats. They're dumb as far as that. But super useful if you don't care about the tree, like with purchased parts you're using in the design. If you're never going to change it, you wouldn't care.
Feature works is on in add-in
I'm on SW2018 & don't get the issues that Maha Nadarasa & Shane Kozlowski are getting. I'm not sure what the green arrows are you are both showing on each part in your import (never seen those before), I don't get that. Also seems to have some sort of external reference as shown by the ->.
Kevin Pymm wrote: I'm on SW2018 ...... I'm not sure what the green arrows are ->.
Kevin Pymm wrote:
I'm on SW2018 ...... I'm not sure what the green arrows are ->.
I don't have 2018 yet, but I think that is a new feature that allows associative link to imported geometry.
Somewhere you should have an option to import associative or to translate the geometry.
yes..interconnect holds it as a ref.. so it would need to be released for FW.
Thanks. Now it is coming.
AHA! figures it would be that simple
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