Can SolidWorks open Catia files? or is there an add-on or something that can help open these file types?
I did a search here for "Catia". This is one of the discussions that showed up. Maybe it will help.
SolidWorks 2012 SP 4.0 has a new built-in add-in ($) that can open Catia models.
Does this come with the update or do you have to purchase it seperatly and if so where can i buy it?
James, my advice is to contact your VAR directly.
You have to purchase it from your VAR. It's not part of an update but will run with any level of SolidWorks - Standard, Professional or Premium.
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The company you bought your SolidWorks from is your VAR. They can sell you the CATIA translator. I would have them test it first to make sure it works for your needs.
The Catia translator from SolidWorks will run only with SolidWorks Professional or Premium packages and will only open Catia V5 files. Catia V4 (.model) files cannot be opened. The SolidWorks translator does not do any healing or repair of the translated files.
This will do the job and is FREE (Reads Catia 5 & Solidworks - Allows editing of Part or Assembly - Writes to Catia 5, STEP & SAT).
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