Learn about the different versions of SOLIDWORKS files, including versions by year, premium vs. standard versions, and educational vs. commercial versions.
- When collaborating with outside resources, it's often the case that your version of solidworks does not match their version of solidworks and this can create complications. Things to be aware of are the different versions, year versions and service packs that are available for solidworks. By going to the solidworks website you can easily see the different versions that are available for solid works. Solidworks premium being the top level version. Then below that professional. Then below that the base package standard.
To add complication to this there is also an educational version. Which opens up files, just the same as solidworks but has watermarks and other things to limit you from using it commercially. Now that we're aware of this complication that arises from different versions of solidworks, how do we find out which version we have. This is done simply by going up to the help menu. Clicking once, going down to, about solidworks. Clicking again and here we see all the information about RC and license.
So, we have a version of solidworks premium 2017, 64 bit, updated to service pack three. You can leave this menu by simply clicking ok and going back to work.
- Opening files from different versions of SOLIDWORKS
- Importing models from online sources
- Importing 3D files
- Importing 2D files
- Exporting 2D and 3D files