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Import STEP or IGES and get multiple faces

Question asked by Nicholas Nadeau on Nov 5, 2012
Latest reply on Nov 7, 2012 by Nicholas Nadeau

Hi,

 

These tubes (attached) were made & exported to STP in ProE/Creo. Any other CAD software which imports the file (NX, Inventor, ProE) seems to import them as designed, with all the faces as smooth, ie: the outer tube cylindrical face is a single face (not the 3 faces as seen in the attached screenshot). Solidworks on the other hand interprets the faces as piecewise (smooth in the curvature sense, but not a single face entity).

 

Knit surface doesn't seem to do the trick. Repair faces is able to merge the large outer half-faces, but not the notch/end faces. Any suggestions?

 

These tubes will be profiled, the machinist uses Solidworks and wants smooth edges or he won't take the order...

 

Cheers,

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