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Exporting Assemblies for Viewing in Other Software

Question asked by 1-GCUQMA on May 15, 2009
Latest reply on May 21, 2009 by Jerry Steiger
Hello, this question has probably been asked many times on this forum, but I can not seem to find it anywhere. So, I thought I would ask.

I need to export assemblies (200-300 parts) into .step and/or .iges files to be viewed in other software packages. If I use "Folders" in SolidWorks to organize the parts, the "Folders" do not export with the parts. The parts export but they are in 200 random pieces, with no organizational structure. "Display States" seem to function the same way, they work well inside of SolidWorks, but they do not export.

To work around this situation, I have been using 'sub-assemblies' to organize the parts. The 'sub-assemblies' do export and control the data when opened in other software. The problem with the 'sub-assemblies' is that it hard to use some of the SmartComponent, SmartFeatures, and Mating Tools. I seem to use a lot of the functionality of SolidWorks when tied up in assembly structure.
(The "Flexable" sub-assembly helps a little.)

Any ideas, input or workarounds on this would be very helpful. I am sure there is something that I am missing. It would be great if when exporting an assembly, SolidWorks would convert Folders into sub-assemblies.

Thank you for your time and assistance.