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Import of Inventor files

Question asked by Simon Hayward on Apr 18, 2012
Latest reply on Nov 11, 2014 by Pavel Klapec

One of my customers has sent me some drawings of some sheet metal component from one of his customers as Inventor part, assembly & drawing files which I would like to open and produce flattened patterns to send off to my laser cutter but I do not have Inventor.

When I attempt to open them using the Inventor drop down options in Solidworks I get an error message saying that it is an unsupported Inventor version which I believe is due to the Inventor files being later than what Solidworks can recognise. I thought that when 2012 SP3 came out I might be able to do it but I am still getting the same error message.

I can get the files resent in other formats, I have Solidworks 2012 SP3 Professional with FeatureWorks so I was wondering what file format would be best to ask them to send me.