I’m working with an engineer who is using Solidworks and am looking to streamline our data exchange. There is a good post here that advises using STEP format. While this sort of works, there are a few problems. Anybody figured out an ideal workflow?
My experiences going from various Solidworks formats into Rhino:
Pros: Imports quickly and parts are watertight.
Cons: All data comes in on a single layer, which I need to then weed through and put on different layers as desired. Also, blocks are retained which then need to be individually deleted (it would be great if Rhino had a “delete all blocks” feature!) in order to edit the geometry.
Pros: Imports quickly and retains layers.
Cons: Objects are often no longer watertight (maybe there is a tolerance setting in SW that can be tweaked?) and many surfaces are flipped.
Solidworks Format: Per the link above, apparently in Rhino4 there is a plugin to import this format which retains layers, etc. However, it is apparently very slow and only works in Rhino4. Have not tried this. If Rhino5 had this ability (and was fast) this would really help facilitate collaborations with SW users.
Any and all suggestions welcomed!