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Question about STEP import into SW

Question asked by Samuel Leith on Feb 18, 2013
Latest reply on Feb 19, 2013 by Lenny Bucholz


I have a question regarding importing assemblies in STEP format, into Solidworks.


Before (on SW 2011), I remember SW would create individual part files for all parts contained in the Step assembly, and save these in the same folder that the step file was in.

Now (now on SW 2012), I notice that SW opens up the STEP assembly, but does not create all these part files.


Also, I have a customer who sent us a Step file of an assembly. When opened in SW, the import procedure ranames all the parts to the same name (in this case "WIP") followed by an underscore and a sequencial number.


If the same step file is opened in TopSolid, the correct part filenames are retained.


So now that all the parts have been renamed when I open the Step assembly, I have no way of communicating with the customer because the imported parts have not kept the names that were initially assigned to them.


How can the bahaviour be controlled?