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Saving to the STEP format

From: Sheet Metal with SolidWorks: Enclosure Design Project

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Saving out your design to some type of Go ahead and click on Open and, we're going to choose

Saving to the STEP format

Saving out your design to some type of a universal file type, is very common in industry. Now, so, we're going to go through and see how we can export this file here, to a step file as well as a nydus file so, first things first, let's take a look. I actually have the assembly open, so, you can save out an assembly all put together, or you can save out individual file types, depending on how you want to use that part. So, pretty simple and straightforward just go up here to File > Save As and when you come down here, instead of assembly, let's come down and choose Step.

There's two different versions of step, there's the AP203 and the 214. I prefer using the 214 because it includes the color, click on that and you can choose a few options here as well. So you can kind of choose if you want solids in surface or wire frame. Solids in surface is generally what I would be choosing, so, there're not that many options here but I do want to point out a few of them. Then go ahead and click OK, choose our file location, I'm going to save it in 6.5 finished. And go ahead and just click on Save. Now you can do exactly the same thing if you wanted to use another file type like an nydus file.

Again, just go up to File, Save As, come down here and choose right here. And also, while we're here, I also want to point out that, look we've got a lot of other file types that we can save out to. We can save out to Parasol, we can save out to an E drive file. I mean, you got a ton of stuff here that you can save out to so, depending on what system you're working with, or who's going to be importing those files, you may want to choose one or the other. So in this case, I just file type, again there's a few options as far as how you want to export the file. Click OK and click on 6.5 finished, and click on Save.

So saved out both of those files, and quickly do that. Now I want to go and open up one of those files and see what's actually going to be brought in when another person imports that file. This is also another way if you have a newer version of SolidWorks, and you're trying to save a file back, so somebody with an older version of SolidWork can open the file and actually work with it. So go here to File, go to Open, and let's go and open the step file first. And notice the size difference between the two files, they're exactly the same file, just saved out in two different formats. And you can see the step format is quite a bit smaller, step is a little bit newer system and it's a little bit more compact.

Go ahead and click on Open and, we're going to choose the Linda template, and a Linda part, it's going to ask us whi, which templates we want to use, and you can see it brings it in with the color and everything. We can change our view to shade with edges, and it looks almost exactly like the part that we just saved out. But, if you look over here, it's just an imported solid. So we have to go back and back process, but the likes of all the data are there, all the information's there, It's exactly the same part it just doesn't have the tree as far as how we built that part. Saving files to universal file types can be really beneficial when you're working with multiple systems or multiple different companies, who don't all have the same version of the software you might be using, for instance, SolidWorks 2014.

So maybe they're using 2012 SolidWorks or maybe some of them are bringing into Mastercam or some other process to do a flat pattern or a laser cut things or or whatever their process is, they just need some type of file type. These type of files are generally referred to as Dumb File Types. They don't have a tree, there's no back end information, it's just the final product. So there is no way to go back and change it quickly, but I can start here from this part here, and I can add cuts and extrudes and, I can build on top of what I have.

I just can't go back to the original file and change the tree, to update the file type.

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