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Okay. So someone sent you an eDrawings file. Now what? So if you don't have eDrawings installed, go back and watch the first few movies on how to install the application. If you have SolidWorks on your computer, you're in luck, since most of the time eDrawings installs automatically. There are three different types of eDrawing files. The assemblies, parts, as well as the drawing files. However, eDrawings can open SolidWorks native files, as well as AutoCAD. Let's take a look. The native eDrawing files are the EPRT, eAssembly and eDrawing. That's a part, an assembly, and a drawing. Under the Solidworks platform we have solid parts, assemblies and drawings. And under Autocad we have DWG's and DXF files we can open. To get the application started, let's go back to the desktop, double-click on the icon.
(SOUND) We can always register later if it asks us. (SOUND) And, now we're in the application. Click on the Open icon and under Exercise files, Ch1. Just go ahead and select 1.4 and select that file. So this is an eDrawings assembly that opens up. And this is a, engine file that we're going to be using throughout the course. The key benefit of using eDrawings to open files is it has multiple platforms that it can open, and we can share data between multiple systems like PC, Mac, or even iOS. Also, it's one small file type that's easy to open and easy to email.
The eDrawings program can open many types of 3D and 2D data, and provides a great way to collaborate across multiple platforms.
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