Learn about how you are limited in opening newer year version files in SOLIDWORKS, as only 2016 and newer can open newer version files.
- [Lecturer] While working internally among your peers at your office or with an office that you collaborate often you can expect them to have the same SOLIDWORKS version as you, but oftentimes with dealing with outside vendors and other different customers you'll find that they will have an older SOLIDWORKS version than you have. This is something you have to take into consideration when saving data and what's going to happen when that file reaches them. Let's walk through the process of opening a newer SOLIDWORKS version file and what can happen. Now, a lot of the effects that we're going to see now are new to SOLIDWORKS as of 2016, where they offered forward capability for opening their file types.
And I'm going to show you what I mean right now. So let's go up again and navigate to a file that we want to open. For this situation I have a 3D logo that I was working on in SOLIDWORKS 2017. So I'm going to go ahead and click on that and open it up. Now you can see immediately that in the feature tree it's noted as a future version of the file, or the applications' where you can also see that all of our capabilities have been grayed out, you no longer have the ability to edit this file because it's in the future version.
I can click on the surfaces, I can also go in and measure and take mass properties, but that's about it, it's simply meant for evaluation purposes only and not editing. The true way to open up a SOLIDWORKS file in an older version is to use one of the many exporting options that we'll cover in the Exporting videos.
- Opening files from different versions of SOLIDWORKS
- Importing models from online sources
- Importing 3D files
- Importing 2D files
- Exporting 2D and 3D files