Hi our company has autocad 2005 with 2d and 3d sketches in it. Can we import these drawings into solidworks 2015 premium? If we can reasonably well then we will migrate to solidworks, cheers
I recommend that you budget an amount equal to the cost of the software for training.
You can certainly use existing AutoCAD geometry - but in my experience, unless I created the geometry myself, it almost always has enough operator mistakes that it is easier and faster to simply start from scratch in SolidWorks using the AutoCAD only for reference.
Now if you know that all your AutoCAD geometry was professionally created, 1:1, good snaps - with correct units (-dwgunits, not Units).....
In my experience only about 10% of users of any CAD program really know what they are doing....
You will likely struggle at first.
In a year you will wonder why it took you 15 yrs into the 21st century to move away from AutoCAD.
I am new at the place, and I would say your guess would be correct the files would not have been done correctly. I used solid works 2010 at university, I assume the learning curve to 2015 is not to steep? I had to learn the clunckness of the autocad, and have since created a project to update the system . The other alternative I was looking at was Autodesk inventor, but I would encounter the same problems migrating to that system correct? Even though they are the same producers of autocad, I see there is still the migrating process. Thanks for the help J.Mathers.
If you're talking about just drawings, then yes you can import them in.
If you're talking about solids, you'll want to convert them to a neutral file format (iges or step) then import them into SolidWorks. From there you can use FeatureWorks to have SolidWorks recognize (most of) the imported features.
Your best bet would be to talk to a local SolidWorks reseller and have them demonstrate, with one of your models, the import capabilities. Bear in mind, as J. Mather mentioned, you'll want to get some training as well.
Alright thankyou very much Jeff Mirisola, Yes there are many solids, I assume I would have the same problem if I instead used Autodesk inventor 2016? I would rather go Solidworks I love the interface, and am familiar with Solidworks. I see Auto inventor do good things but I am a SW fan, the whole ifeatures does not appeal to me, when solidworks have been perfecting it for a while now. Forgive me if what I say is incorrect I am not an expert. 0 useage on Autoinventor,
Most companies keep legacy data in the old format and use SolidWorks for new projects. Is not like you will delete AutoCAD from your machines overnight...
Yes you can done that in a very easy way through solidworks.
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