For whatever it's worth to anyone paying attention. I'm running SolidWorks 2014 SP2.
I just got the same message after dragging/dropping a CATIA part into SolidWorks.
Is 3DS holding out on us?
The KB has several solutions for the error (-18,147,0). First I would try reactivating the license server.
B.T.W. Thanks for your work in the hardware analysis/testing!
I think the key thing is that SolidWorks DOESN'T HAVE a CATIA v5 translator (CATPART-> SLDPRT).
I was assuming you had bought the translator and was trying to open such a file.
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