CATIA to Solidworks conversion

Discussion in 'CATIA' started by Jamnot, Jun 26, 2003.

  1. Jamnot

    Jamnot Guest

    Has anyone converted files from CATIA to SW2001+ or newer? If yes, how well
    did it work? I would like to maintain the assembly data from CATIA to do
    exploded views in SW and would appreciate any experiences you all have had.

    Jamnot, Jun 26, 2003
  2. Jamnot,

    Ver4 (UNIX) or version 5 ? Helluva big difference.

    Version 5 can be read in as a STEP AP214 assembly, If your client has the
    STEP tran$$$lator. I have heard that they bundle it with some of their
    pricier configs.

    The parts will (should) read into an assembly with the correct spatial
    relationships, but no mates. They will be dumb solids.

    Version 4 doesn't have any translation options (that actually work) for
    moder CAD systems. Your best bet here would be a third party translator, or
    a service bureau.


    Mark Mossberg, Jun 26, 2003
  3. There is a 3rd party translator that I have used successfuly.
    Can't rememba what it was called, but it worked well. Gave you dumb solids,
    but (4 the models I had) featureworks fixed that.
    Tracey Parker, Jun 26, 2003
  4. Jamnot

    Gunnar Guest

    Gunnar, Jun 26, 2003
  5. software.
    bitching at Dassault, then...
    no it's definitely not. The 2 software have not much in common (except the
    owner), not even the kernel (Parasolid / ACIS)!

    What we need is a standard, non-properietary format to represent the
    /feature) structure of a design, not its resulting geometry as STEP or IGES.
    Join me in the effort!

    Philippe Guglielmetti -
    Philippe Guglielmetti, Jun 27, 2003
  6. Jamnot

    Lyle Fischer Guest

    I can help you. We have the only Gold partner product called FormatWorks

    for translation/repair/healing for SolidWorks. With this product gettting

    CATIA into SolidWorks is not a problem.


    Lyle Fischer
    Technical Marketing Director
    507 794-5447
    507 794-5446 (fax)
    507 276-2379 (Mobile)
    Lyle Fischer, Jun 30, 2003
  7. Jamnot

    Lyle Fischer Guest


    Here are a few distinctive features of FormatWorks:

    1. It is not just a translator. It also provides automatic repair and
    healing of up to 50 different problems that can occur in the translation
    process. FormatWorks comes with its own IGES translator and does a wonderful
    job with CATIA IGES files. We also supply an optional native CATIA
    translator that runs inside of FormatWorks.

    2. Have you ever used the SolidWorks diagnosis tools to fix faces and close
    gaps? FormatWorks also provides additional tools take care of problems that
    SolidWorks has trouble with.

    3. Gold product - It is completely intergrated with SolidWorks. Very easy to

    4. Geometry Check - FormatWorks includes a function to check the quality of
    the model you are given. This function can also be used to check the quality
    of your own models to ensure the models you export meet the standards of
    others. Geometry Check is based on automotive standards for model quality.

    Lyle Fischer, Jul 2, 2003
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