I'm just starting with SW. When I try to open a .ipt or .iam file, I get an error message saying the file was not found, invalid, locked or an incompatible type. What might the problem be?
Forgive me if I'm wrong but I don't think that SolidWorks opens Inventor files directly. I think you have to convert them first to something like IGES, or STEP.
Actually.... Try going to your "OPTIONS" and in your 'Import' page you will see a drop down box at the top of the page that say 'file format'.
Change this setting to Inventor and then try importing your parts..................
Hi Ellis Wright ,
Yes you can, just look in the Solidworks-help files and follow these steps:
Depending on what you try to achieve, Inventor must be installed also!
What version of SolidWorks are you on now?
As Henk Bruijn De said.
As far as I know, in order to open Inventor files, both SW and IN should be installed on the same computer.
...and what version of Inventor files are you attempting to open?
ömür tokman wrote: As Henk Bruijn De said.As far as I know, in order to open Inventor files, both SW and IN should be installed on the same computer.
ömür tokman wrote:
As Henk Bruijn De said.
You can also install AI viewer in place of AI
Wow, I didn't know that.
Thanks Deepak Gupta .
I learn something new from you every day.
ömür tokman wrote: Wow, I didn't know that.Thanks Deepak Gupta .I learn something new from you every day.
Most people do.............
Unfortunately most of times, if I need to open IN files with SW is because I haven't got IN!
Depending on the version of Inventor files you are trying to open you have several options.
SolidWorks 3D Interconnect works WITHOUT requiring Inventor (http://help.solidworks.com/2018/english/solidworks/sldworks/c_sw_3d_interconnect.htm)
However, at this current time 3D Interconnect does NOT support Inventor 2019 (which was just released)(SPR 1089989)
To import inventor 2019 files, you can try turning OFF 3D Interconnect (http://help.solidworks.com/2018/english/solidworks/sldworks/t_turning_on_off_3d_interconnect.htm) and installing either Inventor 2019 which was mentioned above OR you can install Inventor VIEW 2019 (Autodesk’s free viewer)which Deepak Gupta mentioned
Hi, I was using Autodesk 2021 and need to switch to Solid Works, As I read some topics on forum on how to import .ipt files to SW, I get error message as attachment. Does Solidworks do not support .ipt files generated by Autodesk 2021?
....and what version of SolidWorks are you using?
It should be the current version as I was trying the trial first, and Solidworks allowed me to use a web-interface version.
Inventor 2021 was only released a couple of months ago, while the current version of SolidWorks was released last fall. Unless an update to SolidWorks would enable translation - I would not expect it to translate newly released version from a different company.
I thought that the whole point of 3D Interconnect was to be able to open these file types? This should be regardless of version and not require the authoring CAD system on the same pc. Am I missing something here?
Works for up to 2019 Inventor files. But unfortunately Inventor viewer 2020 is no more available as standalone installation.
Thanks for Information Guys, I am trying to upload .ipt file here so that you can have a look at the issue but it won't allow.
Ryan McVay wrote:Am I missing something here?
Ryan McVay wrote:
Am I missing something here?
Yes, Solidworks can't open its own new version files until SP5.
So no surprise it can't open other CAD's new version.
Whatever translator need to know what it is translating.
It can't see into the future and translate a file from next year.
Harinder Sandhu wrote: Hi, I was using Autodesk 2021 and need to switch to Solid Works, As I read some topics on forum on how to import .ipt files to SW, I get error message as attachment. Does Solidworks do not support .ipt files generated by Autodesk 2021?
Harinder Sandhu wrote:
Did you change companies and the new company uses Solidworks or did your company switch?
Do you still have access to the Autodesk product?
What was the "Autodesk Product" you were using?
The reason I ask this is, if you still have the old product you may be able to do a few different things.
I am on older versions so I don't have Interconnect ability but if you have both products on your computer you may be able to drag the old products part / assembly into your SolidWorks and it might do a translation for you. There are different methods depending on versions and software.
Save the ipt as STEP or Parasolid. Then import into SolidWorks.
I did that but .step lost all features and I see only a single solid body in SolidWorks
Thanks for Suggestion. I was using Autodesk Inventor 2021 and need to switch to SolidWorks, I can save file as .step in inventor but it lost all features in SolidWorks. I was just trying trial version of Solidworks to import .ipt
I don't think SW2020 could translate IV2021 yet. As JD pointed out.
Also not sure if you'll get any feature importing IV to SW.
Does SW2020 still have FeaturWorks? It was never perfect but did work reasonably well for most major features.
In the past (5 versions ago - but maybe still works) if you have both programs on your computer you could drag an IPT file into the SolidWorks screen and it would run a background program (from IV) that was similar to Feature works and would re-create many of the features. You still had to edit (especially holes). Don't know if that works any more,
Harinder Sandhu wrote: Thanks for Suggestion. I was using Autodesk Inventor 2021 and need to switch to SolidWorks, I can save file as .step in inventor but it lost all features in SolidWorks. I was just trying trial version of Solidworks to import .ipt
If you have both programs still on your computer, try opening both programs. Then drag an .ipt file from explorer (part not open in IV) into the SolidWorks screen. (it will probably not show up but just wait for a minute and see if it runs a translate program automatically and creates the part in SW. If it does, save the part in SW and edit features that did not translate correctly) that used to work but may not any longer.
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