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.
open it with solid edge and then save it as solid edge file then reopen it with solidworks
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.
Can you please tell me where is the command "feature recognition" ???
I am trying to play around with it right now. I think when you have the file and you try to open it from solidworks, after it loads before you can edit it, SW asks if you want to try and perform feature recognition. If it is able to the features will so and if it can't it shows as just an imported feature. I think the way file was saved has to do with how this works too. When saving a file in SW as an IGES or STEP there are different option that can be chosen.
Thanks Patrick, I knew it did it on my computer at home but when I tried at school I couldn't figure it out.
Go to options (top right drop down menu) and select addons , clic feature works on left and also on right if you want it a startup. Or select insert menu / featureworks / reconize functions.