Learn how to open foreign data in the Open dialog box.
- [Instructor] When importing geometry into Solid Works from other applications, many different file types can be handled. Let's find out what file types are available to us today. Going to the open dialogue box, we click on the all files dropdown and see a list of files available. Now, we know the Solid Works part files and assembly files types that we're used to here, but, as you go down, you see many other file types that can be handled. Typical 2D file types, such as DXF and DWG. Illustration file types, such as Adobe Photoshop, and Illustrator, which can be used by plugging in the Adobe add-in.
Our template file types, for making library features in Solid Works and templates. And then we move down to other foreign types, such as Parasolid, IGES, and STEP, which are all dumsolids, which we'll be importing in this course. And then we go down to other file types, which are a little more rare. Such as STL, and object files, which are often used in 3D printing. CATIA files, which are used by major companies like Boeing to make aircraft. And other file formats, such as Pro-E Creo, Unigraphics and Auto Desk Inventor.
All of these file types can be opened using the Solid Works translator. But the key thing to remember is that if you have a file type that's just as new as your Solid Works file type, for example, an inventor part that's year 2017, Solid Works is going to have trouble opening that file, because it only has translators up to the previous year version. So you're going to want to have an Auto Desk Inventor 2016 version part file. And that's the same for all their part files. This is due to the fact that they won't be able to create the translators until the files come out that year.
So as we can see, there are many different file types that Solid Works is able to handle, and we have many options for opening them.
- Opening files from different versions of SOLIDWORKS
- Importing models from online sources
- Importing 3D files
- Importing 2D files
- Exporting 2D and 3D files