What are the Best Methods for Importing Files into Solidworks?
I have always worked with Solidworks as a starter software for models and not as a importing software. But recently I have had to import various files into Solidworks from other CAD software and am wondering what is the best practice for this? The files that I am usually importing are .STEP, .IGES, and Pro/E files. Any help will be greatly appreciated. Thanks.
Agree with juriga and Jackson. Step or Parasolid. SW can also attempt to do a feature recognition on Step. Can't remember if it will do it for parasolid. Also if you are doing a lot of Pro/E you might find an aftermarket add-on that will import with all the features intact. Stay away from IGES as that is basically a mesh file.
Step and parasolid works fine if you're importing models from other softwares.
Iges works perfect as inventor's "pack n' go" if you want to share an assembly between SW users, it recognizes all the features and create the parts involved automatically.