By now, hopefully, we are all familiar with the functionally of 3D Interconnect. With the ability to import third party CAD files natively into SOLIDWORKS, 3D Interconnect is a must for multi CAD program environments. But what about our (STEP & IGES) files that don’t have a need to be linked to the original?
One thing that you will notice when working with 3D Interconnect, is we are not able to open individual parts contained within an assembly or make changes to the non-SOLIDWORKS parts or assembly. This is because the files are linked back to the original file. But what if we need to make changes? Perhaps we have a non-SOLIDWORKS file that we would like to make into a native SOLIDWORKS file. Luckily, we still have this option. Right Mouse Button click on the assembly and select “Dissolve Features” *(this will be listed as Break Link in releases prior to 2020)
*Note: once a link is broken, you will not be able to undo this operation without reinserting the file*
With the link to the original file broken, we can now open individual part files from the assembly and use “Recognize Features” to create a native SOLIDWORKS file.
As always, if you have any additional questions with 3D Interconnect or any other question with your SOLIDWORKS workflows, don’t hesitate to reach out to our support team. Also, be sure to subscribe to the Alignex Blog to have more content like this delivered straight to your inbox!
Written by Kris Lind
Kris Lind is an Application Engineer at Alignex, Inc. Kris spends his days assisting customers on the Alignex Help Desk and teaching SOLIDWORKS courses. In his spare time, you can find him at the local record store looking thru the used records bins, or outside enjoying a nice hike with his dog.