How to open a solidworks future version file ?
Mostly people have to face this problem in solid works that one can not open a future version file in an older version of solid works..
Have anybody any solution.??
The aim is not to only open the file; but, i want all the features also.
They have also introduced a new feature into SolidWorks 2013. If you have Service Pack 4 for 2012, you will be able to open SolidWorks 2013 files. It's unclear if this will still work once a service pack is released for 2013 and the file is saved in that though.
I think that if you download an IGES or STEP file made from a future version of SW then the older version of SW will try and do a feature recognition and may be able to retrieve the features (New versions often have features that are not supported in older ones) when opening the file.
BackWorks is a SolidWorks Add-in that will allow you to save your files back as far as version 2012. It Is also able to open and save future versions of SolidWorks.
This product can be downloaded from the link below and has a free trial offer. BackWorks has worked great for me in the past.