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See also: Mass-Properties tab, DXF tab, STL Import tab, Display Options tab.

Enable Visibility toolbar > Show Solids in Mechanisms to see CAD-Solids in Mechanism-Editors.

Use the CAD-Line dialog > SOLIDWORKS tab to:

Import a SOLIDWORKS Part/Assembly document  ( SOLIDWORKS refers to their CAD files as documents ) onto a CAD-Line - see below.

Remove a SOLIDWORKS Part/Assembly document from a CAD-Line .

Open a SOLIDWORKS Part/Assembly document that you have previously imported onto a CAD-Line.

Control the surface accuracy of a SOLIDWORKS Part/Assembly document when you import it from SOLIDWORKS.

Rename the CAD-Line to the name of the active SOLIDWORKS Part/Assembly document.

In SolidWorks:

Make sure the SOLIDWORKS Part/Assembly document you want to import is open and it is the active document.  

Make sure the SOLIDWORKS Part/Assembly document has a file-name.

Usually, add a Coordinate-System feature to the SOLIDWORKS Part/Assembly document to align it to the CAD-Line.

Usually, simply the SOLIDWORKS document to reduce the number of Vertices

Warning: The SOLIDWORKS Part/Assembly document does not import into MechDesigner if, in SOLIDWORKS, you use a Chinese Traditional font to name a Configuration feature.

Rename the Configuration feature with a Western font.

CAD-Line dialog

SolidWorks tab

CAD-Line dialog> SOLIDWORKS tab

CAD-Line dialog> SOLIDWORKS tab

 Import from SOLIDWORKS 

CAD-Line dialog > SOLIDWORKS tab

CAD-Line dialog > SOLIDWORKS tab

STEP 1: Click the ReadRed-14-2 button

WAIT until the:

SolidWorks® Part/Assembly (read-only) shows in boxRed-14-4

SolidWorks Configuration (read-only) shows in boxRed-14-5

Model Status (read-only) shows in boxRed-14-6

Model Status:

Unavailable - before you import SolidWorks® document the first time.

Out of Date - the file in boxRed-14-4 is older than the current date/time.

Up to Date - the date/time of file in boxRed-14-4 is the equal to the date/time when imported.

STEP 2: If there is more than one Coordinate-System, select a SolidWorks Coordinate-SystemRed-14-8.

STEP 3: Click the Import Red-14-12 Button

Wait - a large model can take time to import.

Optional Buttons(Red-14-1bRed-14-3)

ButtonRed-14-1b : Remove : the SolidWorks® document in box Red-14-4 from the CAD-Line

ButtonRed-14-3 : OPEN : the document in boxRed-14-4 (that you have previously imported) in SolidWorks®

ButtonRed-14-11 : Rename CAD-Line to the file-name of the SolidWorks document in boxRed-14-4.

CAD-Solid File Quality Red-14-10a

Fine: more vertices

Coarse: fewer vertices

Custom : edit with:

Linear DeviationRed-14-7: Maximum =0.5mm; Minimum =0.014mm

Angular DeviationRed-14-9: Maximum =30º; Minimum =0.4º

WARNING : Number-of-Vertices may increase rapidly as you reduce the Linear/Angular Deviation.

Often the appearance of the CAD-Solid does not improve. Experiment! See: Edge Angle Limit.