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Discussion in 'SolidWorks' started by lavanya, Nov 10, 2005.

  1. lavanya

    lavanya Guest

    Hello everybody,
    I am new to this group and doing masters in mechanical engineering. I
    have a question regarding solid works, Can I open the 3D auto cad file
    in solid works ? Can I work with it in solid works?Can I edit that 3D
    file? Please any one of you help me to get answer? when I tried to open
    the auto cad file(*.dwg) in solid works It is showing that 3D file in
    2D . I need to transfer a 3D drawing from autocad to solid works. what
    shall I do ?
    lavanya, Nov 10, 2005
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  2. lavanya

    johnmhill Guest

    You need to export the 3D data from AutoCAD using the ACISOUT command.
    This will generate a ".SAT" file that can be imported into Solidworks.
    johnmhill, Nov 10, 2005
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  3. lavanya

    Sporkman Guest

    Not necessarily so!! Some 3D DWG files import directly into SolidWorks,
    albeit often not without errors. There are, of course, a number of file
    formats available under File > Open, and one of them is DWG. If the DWG
    file is 3D SolidWorks will probably prompt you that the model may be
    AutoSolid, and ask you whether you want to open it without 3D faces.
    Choose "Yes" and your next choice will be regarding HOW you want to
    import it. Choose the option "Import to a new part". You'll then get
    to choose the layers you want to import, and you can even preview the
    model in wireframe (with rotation and zoom, etc.). After that you'll be
    able to choose a number of options such as the units (inches,
    millimeters,etc.), adding constraints, merging endpoints (within a gap
    tolerance). You may want to try the option to import "as 3D curves
    model" as opposed "to a 2D sketch". That depends on what kind of
    geometry you've got in the 3D model. Lastly you'll be able to choose a
    SolidWorks Part template file to import into. If you're lucky your
    result may be a perfectly usable but "dumb" solid.

    Sporkman, Nov 10, 2005
  4. lavanya

    lavanya Guest

    Hello Sporkman ,
    Thank you very much for your response, I will try to do this like u
    said and Let u know what will happen.
    lavanya, Nov 11, 2005
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