Hi Would just like to ask what others' preferred file formats are for importing models into solidworks with little fuss??
It depends on the geometry.
If the geometry contains only solids/surfaces, prefer parasolid, otherwise step
Assemblies/parts are of sheet metal mainly. had mixed success with sat files and iges. Sat files bring all geometry in as "import" features but fully defined and a bit more stable, whereas iges keeps all original model names for features and appearances yet lose the constraints and more prone to crashing!!
was wondering more what others use mainly.
Parasolid, step, iges in that order of preference.
I agree with Anna. But it all depends on the capabilities of the software and the people sending you the models. If they are really lame at generating a Parasolid model, then one of the others may work out better.
The .sat files seem to me be the hardest for SolidWorks to generate and I suspect that they may give more trouble on import as well, but I haven't had enough experience with them to really say.
i have had a few issues with .sat files so have been using iges (just remembering to fix all parts on initial opening to constrain them). I will look into using parasolids now,
though thanks for all your advise
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