SOLIDWORKS 3D Interconnect: Seamless Collaboration Between CAD Platforms


3D Interconnect is a revolutionary technology that allows a SOLIDWORKS user to directly open files and use models from other native CAD systems in their native format. 

This groundbreaking new capability introduced as part of SOLIDWORKS 2017 allows you to use both neutral and native CAD data from various sources, unlocking powerful new workflows to make it easier to collaborate with your customers and vendors.

With 3D Interconnect you can now: 

  • Maintain direct integration of the native CAD files from PTC® Creo®, Autodesk® Inventor®, Siemens® NX, SolidEdge®, and CATIA®, and treat them like native components.
  • Avoid fixing errors or problems due to SOLIDWORKS awareness of all components in the native CAD files, like face and edge IDs.
  • Directly open imported files and treat them like Base Parts, so you can freely make design modifications without affecting the native file.
  • Update both part and assembly files as design changes take place with Update Model feature.

Whether you work with other companies with different CAD systems or you’re switching CAD systems, 3D Interconnect allows you to work with that native file format directly in SOLIDWORKS like never before.


Meet the Author

Jeff Setzer

As Technology Evangelist, Jeff loves showing customers new ways to use software and complementary tools to make their jobs easier. Jeff has been working with SOLIDWORKS since its first release in 1995 and he has been with GSC from the beginning! He is a Certified SOLIDWORKS Professional, a Certified SOLIDWORKS Support Technician, a Certified SOLIDWORKS Instructor, a Certified Simulation Support Technician, and a Microsoft Certified Professional.

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