SolidWorks can export to Collada with the proper add-in. http://labs.solidworks.com/Products/Product.aspx?name=colladaexport
This is good, because Adobe Photoshop can import Collada as a 3D object!
Also, SolidWorks has "Save as PDF", with a "3D PDF" option. This way your customer can just send you a 3D PDF, which you can rotate in Acrobat Pro Extended, and then I assume export as vector lines (?) I have never tried that, but it is worth looking into.
I have attached examples of both, let us know if either produces results that work for your needs. The collada file might ask for a texture that is missing, ignore that.
Thanks for the info and files, I don't think the Collada route will get around my particular problem but the 3D pdf is interested - I can manipulate the image you sent me, the downside is that I lose the features of eDrawings Reader and Acrobat doesn't export a true vector file that I can open in Illustrator etc.
The upside is that Acrobat allows me to set the image resolution if I save it as a Photoshop or JPG file, so I can create big image files at least - I guess if there's no other solution this will at least get me out of trouble.
Shame about the eDrawings Reader save function though, I wonder if this is an oversight or deliberate?
I think it is inherent in the capabilities of the program. It is not intended for layout, merely as a viewer. It saves the 3D data of the model file, and just reverts to default views. It doesn't even bring in the views saved in the SolidWorks model.
That would probably be a nice enhancement, if it could use the SolidWorks defined views, as well as be able to add them from within eDrawings.
Hello I am new in this forum es well on edrawings for mac.
So I didn't found a better place than this to ask my questions.
I want do view CAD Files from unigraphics. Extention PRT.
When I try to open PRT files following message appears:
"Dateien. die mit Version vor SolidWorks 97Plus erstellt wurden, werden nicht unterstützt."
--> files, which was created with Version of SolidWorks before 97Plus, will not be supported
I tried to open files from Unigraphics version 4, 5 and 7