Solidworks To Blender

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I have high quality models in Blender with smooth edges. My aim is to 3D print these models but when exporting files in STL format it results in models with rough edges. Does anyone have any tips on getting these models to solidworks without loss of quality?

Solidworks is a powerful 3D cad drawing program, used by engineers and product designers and mainly works with surfaces and curves. Blender is one of the most popular and powerful open source 3D editors and mainly works with polygons.

HAND BLENDER IN SOLIDWORKS. Ryan February 2, 2019 No Comments Draw a 2D sketch on the Right Plane: Assign the vertical dimension of 350mm, as shown in the image below. Go to Tools Dimensions Smart or directly click on the Smart Dimensions from the Sketch Tab. I would like to use SolidWorks fileformats in Blender, but Blender does not allow it to be imported, but most of the content here is in SolidWorks. How can I make it work, I only use Blender, and I'd like to use SolidWorks formats that can be found on this website. From SolidWorks all the way to Blender, the Steps: Save your Solid Works model in it’s native Solid assembly or Solid part file format “asm, sldasm, prt, sldprt”.; In Simlab Composer, from the file menu select “Import” and select the file you saved in Solid Works. I have a movable assembly in SolidWorks that I wan to import to blender, to ultimately use in Unity. I want the mechanism to be movable in blender too. How would you suggest I do that?

Btw, I prefer to use Solidworks as I am most comfortable with it.

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Convert Solidworks To Blender

I've never used Blender, but it most likely has a smooth shader to make models appear smoother than they really are.
Are there any settings to adjust when saving an STL file from Blender? There are usually options to adjust the mesh density, chord length, or angle of deviation.

Blender

If no export options exist, you may need to increase the mesh density before exporting. Does Blender use triangles or quads? Are there options to subdivide the mesh? Try subdividing a few times, then export.

From solidworks to blender

Keep in mind that subdividing too much will eventually lead to very large file sizes.

Blender

Importing STL files into SW is generally a bad idea. I guess it depends on what you have to do to the models.

I would like to use SolidWorks fileformats in Blender, but Blender does not allow it to be imported, but most of the content here is in SolidWorks. How can I make it work, I only use Blender, and I'd like to use SolidWorks formats that can be found on this website.

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I asked Andreas Gkertsos to add access to his project to allow people to add renders and files to it but until then, I have taken his file and saved it in a bunch of different file formats. I hope one of these will work in Blender for you, I am not familiar with this software so if you know of a file format that you would like I can try to include it. Hope this helps.

I use Solid Work 2012 to load .SLDPRT and save as.stl. Then import the .stl files to Blender.

Is there no other way than that? That is really tedious :(

.stl is the best conversion going from solidworks to blender.

You can download e-drawings from here

then load in your solidworks file then 'save as' stl and then import into blender.

You can sign up in 3D content central, upload your Solidworks ASM or PART then you can download it in your preferred format included STL.

Solidworks To Blender Animation

I often use this way when i don't have acces to solidworks, you don't even have to install any program.

hi, i use blender on Ubuntu 17.04 but I don't think that makes much of a difference.
so if you don't know how to import files on blender, you click 'file', then hover over 'import'. when you hover over that, it'll show you the available formats you can import into your space.

Export

.SLDPRT isn't an available option. so you have to find a way to convert it into a format that blender accepts. either that or look around for blender add-ons. so far I haven't found a program or add-on that will help you to do either option. but if you google it, you'll likely find some third party software that'll help you out.

good luck.

You can just use the workbench here on GrabCAD. Create a new project, upload the .SLDPRT flie. Click on the uploaded file to open it. On the top right, click on 'File Options' -> 'Download as...' and you can simply download the .SLDPRT file as an .STL file, for example.

Solidworks To Blender

Many people will upload other formats like STEP or IGES. Is they don't ask them or ask some one from the community to convert a specifics file for you.

reverse engineering software like geomagic may solve this issue.

how can i import solidworks file in blender, without losing decals (colors and appearance) ?? i tried importing .stl and .wrl in blender, but i lost decals... can anyone help...???

You can also use FreeCad to convert files to .stl which can be imported to blender easly.