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SOLIDWORKS 3D Interconnect

SOLIDWORKS 3D Interconnect lets you work seamlessly with third-party native CAD files in SOLIDWORKS 2017.

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.

Recent enhancements in the 2018 release include support for reference geometry such as planes and axis, as well as custom properties from other CAD applications.

Overview

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.

Supported Formats

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
  • Neutral files: STEP, IGES, and ACIS
*CATIA V5-SOLIDWORKS Translator is only available with a SOLIDWORKS Premium license.

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