6 Replies Latest reply on Jan 23, 2011 11:39 AM by Kelvin Lamport

    Importing from Pro/E

    John Ferullo

      I found an older (1.5-2yr) discussion that recommended importing pro/e files into SW  via STEP.  Has anything changed? I may need to work back and forth with a vendor who only uses PRO/E and I would like to get as much information in the file as possible. 

       

      Thanks

      JF

        • Re: Importing from Pro/E
          Kelvin Lamport


          http://help.solidworks.com/2011/English/solidworks/sldworks/legacyhelp/sldworks/impexp/pro_engineer_files.htm

           

          Importing Pro/ENGINEER Files into SolidWorks

          The Pro/ENGINEER translator imports Pro/ENGINEER part or assembly files   as SolidWorks part or assembly documents. The attributes, features, sketches,   and dimensions of the Pro/ENGINEER part are imported. If all of the features   in the file are not supported, you can choose to import the file as either   a solid body or a surface model. The Pro/ENGINEER translator supports   import of free curves, wireframes, and surface data.

           

          When importing an assembly, you can control how to import individual   components. Sub-assemblies are supported as well.

          Exporting SolidWorks Documents as Pro/ENGINEER Files

          The Pro/ENGINEER translator exports part or assembly documents as Pro/ENGINEER   part or assembly files. SolidWorks exports solids and surfaces only, not   feature data.

          Version Information - The exported   files are saved as Pro/ENGINEER version 20 files.

            • Re: Importing from Pro/E
              Todd Engle

              Importing-

              "Version Information - Versions 17 through 2001 of Pro/ENGINEER and Wildfire versions 1 - 4 are supported. Import of assembly features is not supported."

                • Re: Importing from Pro/E
                  John Ferullo

                  Anyone have any experience with how this works in real application?  Particularly sheet metal. How often are you able to get a useable part with history and design intent vs having to simply import geometry?

                  Thanks in advance.

                   

                  JF

                    • Re: Importing from Pro/E
                      Kelvin Lamport

                      Why not get some sample files from the vendor and run a few tests. Better to learn the problems (and solutions) now, than when you are under a deadline.

                        • Re: Importing from Pro/E
                          John Ferullo

                          Kevin:

                          That's the right answer but at this point we have no CAD in house and I need to decide which system to implement. I don't even have time for a bake off. Having better than 13 years of SW and only 2 or 3 years or Pro/e I am heavily leaning to SW but I don't want to shoot myself in the foot with this initial project.

                           

                          Thanks for your help

                           

                          John

                            • Re: Importing from Pro/E
                              Kelvin Lamport

                              Are you limited to implementing just one system? Having multiple sytems could double your potential market.

                               

                              Could you borrow a Pro/E licence or workstation from the vendor? Or maybe rent one from a third party (Proe/E VAR or ???)

                              Unless both you and the vendor can perform changes with some form of Direct Edit, it will very quickly become a PITA to be converting and re-recognizing features for editing.

                               

                              Do you have other vendors? What systems do they use?

                               

                              I don't know your business or financial situation, but I would be very tempted to go with Pro/E for this project, and hopefully also implement SW as cash flow allows.