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I import step files on a regular basis from multiple vendors without problem. I do not know the applications they generate the steps with however.
If he has SW2008 why not give you a SW file instead then? I import STEP all the time and have a few issues with stitching from time to time but that is on complex parts usually from systems like CATIA
Given the volume of files to convert, my contractor was trying to save me a little $$ by not using his time to do all the conversions.
In any event, I'll ultimately need to be able to import these file types from other sources that may not be able to supply solidworks files.
To elaborate a little, it seems it may be a registry setting issue. Which may explain why I can't import iges or proE files either. Also the issue it turns out isn't limited to just importing external file types, I can't export to them either.
Thanks for the thoughts,
Ok so the issue was an incompatible character in the file path name where the file to be imported resided. Removing the character or moving the file were both fixes.
Have your tried "Repairing" SolidWorks via the Add/Remove programs area of the Control Panel? ( If you have installed SW from an admin image your might not have this option though.)
I import step files on a regular basis, never had this problem. Sorry cannot help you
Adrian, what version and service pack of Solidworks are you running?
Also, if you upload one of the step files that you're trying to convert, someone here may be able to verify a problems with the file (or lack of one)
Finaly, Solidworks will read in Pro-E wildfire 2 files. It also gives you an opportunity to build it as features or a dumb solid.