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Why 3D Interconnect Will Make Your Life Easier in 2018

Kevin Breindel on October 12, 2017 at 11:30 AM


SOLIDWORKS 2018 is here, and with it comes a plethora of new features that help streamline your design process. One of these that has received a lot of love this year is 3D Interconnect. 

One of the major focuses with 2018 has been streamlining the user experience. In this video, we sit down and show you what's new to 3D Interconnect and what these updates mean for your next design project. 

View the video transcription below. 


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SOLIDWORKS introduces new enhancements to the versatile 3D Interconnect capabilities in 2018. Now supporting the neutral file formats STEP, IGES, ACIS and JT, these files no longer need to be translated and can be simply inserted into your SOLIDWORKS assemblies and will be treated like regular SOLIDWORKS components.

These components will recognize changes to the source files and can be quickly updated. Gone is the process of re-importing those types of files.

Why 3D Interconnect is Even Better in 2018

Other new enhancements take your legacy 3D files further, including support for reference geometry such as sketches and reference planes. Allowing you to do more with your existing files from other 3D design tools. Eliminating the need for time consuming migration of data. 

Finally, custom properties are now supported for your legacy 3D files. Meaning builds of materials and drawings now automatically read the information you have previously defined in your legacy design tool. 3D Interconnect continues to allow you to leverage 3D design date from whatever source you like without compromising on capability.   

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  • Third party Custom and Material Files are now supported including:
    • ACIS
    • Autodesk Inventor
    • CATIA V5
    • IGES
    • PTC CREO
    • Solid Edge
    • STEP
    • UG
  • Assembly Cut Features can now be read from PTC Creo and UG Files
  • References Planes, and User Defined Attributes or Custom Properties can be read from their neutral formats


As you can see 3D Interconnect has received some amazing enhancements in 2018. If you are interested seeing them in action, as well as everything else new to SOLIDWORKS this year, watch 14 videos on what's new in 2018

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