I am constrained (by our management) to exporting files from Inventor 2019. I am constrained (by their management) to importing files into Solidworks 2018. My head asplode.
The process so far is fairly straighforward -
1. I export the assembly as a .step
2. I open the .step in Solidworks, easy peasy. I have 3d Interconnect on to preserve filenames (I need those)
3. I dissolve the top level feature.
4. I try to "save all" so I can get individual files, but some of them are duplicates (ie: the same screw used in a couple different sub-assemblies), so an error pops up, and nothing is saved.
Is there any way to fix this issue? if they have the same name, they are the same part.
note: I cannot change software versions, I *MUST* have the filenames on import, I *DO NOT* have time to rebuild the assemblies in SW, so I can't just export all the individual .step files. All of these restrictions are place on me by management, and I also have no training in SW.
I'm a smart monkey, though: macros as a solution are fine, and that's where I'm going if no one has a better process to suggest. I'm just hoping there's an easy button, or I've missed something.
Hopefully that's clear, but I can't attach files - they are actually secret, and I'm not allowed to send any attachments whatsoever.