What are the best practices to upload Solidworks projects (parts and assemblies) to GrabCAD Workbench?
Here is how I created a new Workbench project and a few different ways I uploaded SolidWorks files. This is was also my first time using the upload folders option so I came across a few bugs that I am sure will be worked out but they are not a big deal. Please feel free to leave comments if this worked for you or if you have a different or better way to do it.
I will tell you how to start your Workbench project and upload SolidWorks files. I am assuming you know how to create your files. For this tutorial, I will upload a .zip file containing all of the part and assembly files. You can make this many ways but one of the best ways is to use the Pack-and-Go option in SW. Many other CAD programs have a similar option and this makes sure all the required files are included.
Answered with a tutorial: https://grabcad.com/tutorials/how-to-upload-files-to-grabcad-workbench
I usually do a pack-and-go and create a zip file to upload so I know that all of my parts and sub-assemblies are included. This leads to the problem of not being able to view in the viewer for non cad users but with a large assembly uploading all the parts and sub assemblies separately can create a bit of a mess. The nice thing about Workbench is that the viewer can read the assembly file without the individual part so I will upload this separately for use in the viewer. Not sure if this is the best practice but a bunch of files for bolts and washers can just clutter things up if you ask me.
When I upload one IronCAD file to workbench, I get three files in the GrabCAD project. They include the IronCAD file plus one .JPG (for preview) and one .X-T.
They are useful files but a typical project in our company has 15 IronCAD files, when uploaded this becomes 45 files. Can they be filtered?