Learn about the current status of Parasolid files and their uses.
- [Instructor] When accessing imported geometry, it's becoming more and more common to run across a Parasolid file. By going to Wikipedia, we find a great definition of the Parasolid file. Unlike the STEP and the IGES file, the Parasolid file is not strictly vendor neutral or a universal format. But it is able to be handled by many, many different applications, including SOLIDWORKS, as you can see listed here, and many of the other CAD and CAM packages that are available. The main thing to consider about the Parasolid file is that it has two different versions, the .x_t and the .x_b.
The .x_t is usually the file extension that we want to go with coming from SOLIDWORKS, as it'll contain the most information. But if you run into errors using the .x_t file type, you'll want to, instead, import the .x_b file type. The Parasolid file is often used to capture high-detail information for 3D CAD models. If you have a CAD model that's extremely complex, it might be difficult to save it out as a STEP file or an IGES file and contain all the information. A Parasolid file is an excellent option.
- Opening files from different versions of SOLIDWORKS
- Importing models from online sources
- Importing 3D files
- Importing 2D files
- Exporting 2D and 3D files