Introduction to 3D Interconnect

[fa icon="calendar"] November 21, 2018 / by Mike Staples

Mike Staples

Mike Staples, TPM Elite Application Engineer

3D Interconnect is a completely new way to work with non-native CAD data.  Whether you’ve got neutral files like step or iges, or files that are native to another CAD platform, 3D interconnect enables you to open the files natively without translating the data.  This means you can insert these parts and assemblies directly into your SOLIDWORKS assemblies without creating new files.  If the native files change, 3D Interconnect will identify and allow you to update without losing any references (no mates blowing up).  In addition, you can open non-native parts and add new features.  Updates work the same here – no errors or dangling references.

To enable or disable use: Tools > Options > System Options > Import

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Some good details can be found in the help files here.

Learn more about all the great new capabilities of 3D Interconnect in this overview video.


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Mike Staples

Written by Mike Staples

Mike leads TPM's Technical Solutions team to enable customers to become more successful throughout the architecture, engineering, construction, and manufacturing industries.

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