Let's share your tips and tricks for importing files...
This is a STEP file I received from our customer.
I'm supposed to design work stands for these...
This is imported with 2017 with these settings.
Can you ask your client for parasolid instead of step files? I rarely work with imported files, but I understand they often work better.
First, I would suggest not trying to form solids. If that still yields unacceptable results, change the options to 'Do not knit' so that all the surfaces come in separately. The less processing SOLIDWORKS does, the less likely that it will make things worse.
Yes, try all different options to see if any get better result.
Also, try 3D Interconnect from 2018 and up.
Turn OFF 3D interconnect (that is on by default) - I can't remember how many of my colleagues I had to help out with their imports who couldn't figure out what was going on. This is the first sys. option I check to see if it's on...
Lately I've kept it on and dissolve the import.
So far it haven't failed.
It does create an extra assembly to contain the main assembly sometime.
It does help import a few "Bad" STEPs.
Yes, I agree Frederick with that - and that's worked for me too. My point is that most of my colleagues aren't aware that 3D connect is on and don't understand what's going on in the tree with the special part presented there.
... could be a commercial for Match.com....
"Are you having On again - Off again 3D Connect relationships with Bad STEP's"?
Well, That didn't work...
If all else failed, we just delete those surface.
We used to get car panels with infinite long stripes.
Could you upload your file?
..let me guess,.. Catia?
Looks automotive. Plastic panels. Stamp parts. Surface shooting to the moon.
Looks like it might be Pro-E. Here's a possible relevant SPR:
SPR #: 926587Product: SolidWorksStatus: Closed (Implemented)Fixed in: 2019 SP01Area: TranslatorsSub-Area: Translator - STEPCustomer Impact: Medium
SummaryTranslator - STEP:Import - PROE - Surfaces are not trimmed correctly - inverted domain - toroidal surfaces
Another thread with a similar problem:
Suggested fix is to export out of SOLIDWORKS as IGES and then reimport.
Hi Jim,.. true, it's also possible if the Creo tolerance was set low....although, the stamped parts shown may come from software which is specialized.... Catia. but,.. it's also possible may also be UG data (higher tolerance) imported or shared (collaborated) via Creo?
..and yes, IGES out is a good workaround!
They are automotive axles.
The original files were out of Creo.
Unfortunately, even the smallest file zipped is too large to upload.
I'll try and export as IGS and reimport.
Used Cadkey for mold design long ago, and encountered this type of thing all of the time.
Spent many hours patching in and fixing surfaces for designing molds for the parts.
I really don't need to make these perfect. Just need basic shape, and a pretty picture.
Hello David,.. do you have access to the original Creo *.prt or *.asm files and if so, did you try to try a direct import? Or, another is to ask the Creo user to export/saveas IGES.
No, I haven't. I have to ask our salesman, who has to ask the customer, who has to ask someone from their engineering... It's a long chain to go thru to even get files... usually STEP files come thru pretty cleanly. We haven't run into this very often.
..the other option, maybe try another translator,... if you have access to another program like your CadKey or Rhino3D, Fusion360, SolidEdge... is to import that STEP and export it as STEP or IGES?
I can try, I'm sitting idle,.. if you want to send me a link (dropbox)?
Cadkey was many jobs ago at a different company...
We don't have any other software here.
..if you need to keep this in house.. consider the free trial of Rhino3D
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