Learn about opening older year versions of SOLIDWORKS files, and what can happen when you do so.
- [Lecturer] When it comes time to open older versions SOLIDWORKS files the process can be very easy, but you want to be careful. Let's walk through it right now together. I'm going to go up to my Open menu and navigate to a part that I downloaded earlier. Here you can see that I've got a stainless steel ball valve that I downloaded as a SOLIDWORKS part off McMaster-Carr website. I'm going to go ahead and click Open. Immediately when opening we can see that we get a warning across the top that says Older version file.
This means that unlike 2017 SOLIDWORKS, which I'm using, this part was created in SOLIDWORKS 2016 or something older. Let's see what happens when we save this file. I'm going to click Save and immediately I get a warning here that says this is an older version file, and again, it's notifying me that we're going to be converting it to a 2017 version. The reason that this warning comes up is that because once we save this as a 2017 version file type those who are using SOLIDWORKS 2016 or older will have limited capabilities when it comes to using and editing this file.
For example, a 2016 user will no longer have the functionality of the Feature Tree. So you want to be careful when you save this file and make sure it's the right time to do so to upgrade it to a new version type. For this situation I'm going to hit Cancel, because I want to restore this file to its native version, 2016, and not upgrade it. So I'm going to hit Cancel. Instead I'm going to save it as a new name so that I can continue working in it in 2017 without affecting the 2016 version. So I go up to my Save dialog, hit Save As, and I'm simply going to add a digit to the end to give it a different name as though not to overwrite it and hit Save.
Again, my warning comes up telling me that I'm converting to a 2017 version, that's okay, I hit Save. Now you can see that everything's happy, I've got a 2017 version SOLIDWORKS file with all the functionality that I had before here in the Feature Tree.
- Opening files from different versions of SOLIDWORKS
- Importing models from online sources
- Importing 3D files
- Importing 2D files
- Exporting 2D and 3D files