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How can I use third-party native CAD files in SOLIDWORKS?
3D Interconnect
SOLIDWORKS 3D Interconnect lets you work seamlessly with third-party native CAD files.

Users will see how to insert proprietary CAD data directly in SOLIDWORKS Assemblies without file conversion. Open proprietary CAD files with an associative link to the original part, and update proprietary files in SOLIDWORKS whilst maintaining downstream features created in SOLIDWORKS.

With SOLIDWORKS 3D Interconnect you can perform the following:
  • Insert proprietary CAD data directly into a SOLIDWORKS assembly without converting it to a SOLIDWORKS file.
  • Open the proprietary 3D CAD format in the SOLIDWORKS software with its associative link to the original part.
  • Update changes in the SOLIDWORKS file if you update the proprietary CAD data in its authoring application by maintaining all downstream features created in SOLIDWORKS.
  • Break the link of the inserted part file with the original part file.
Key Features
The following formats and their versions are supported in 3D Interconnect:
  • CATIA V5: .CATPart, .CATProduct for V5R8 – 5–6R2016*
  • Autodesk Inventor: .ipt for V6 – V2016, .iam for V11 – V2016
  • PTC: .prt, .prt.*, .asm, .asm.* for Pro/ENGINEER® 16 – Creo 3.0
  • Solid Edge: .par, .asm, .psm for V18 – ST8
  • NX software: .prt for UG 11 – NX 10
  • 2D Formats: .dxf, .dwg - versions 2.5 - 2019
  • JT: .jt - versions JT 8.x, 9.x and 10.x
  • IFC: .ifc, ifczip - versions IFC 2x3, IFC 4
  • Neutral files: STEP, IGES, and ACIS
*CATIA V5-SOLIDWORKS Translator is only available with a SOLIDWORKS Premium license.

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