With the SolidWorks addin from cadasio you can import your CAD files directly to a new project or toolbox. You can also update existing projects when the design changes, avoiding rework. We would recommend you have SolidWorks shut down before the installation take place.
Download the latest SolidWorks addin from cadasio. Click the accompanying picture to prompt the download, your browser may pop up a download prompt, make sure you choose to save the file make a note of where it will be saved to.
Once the download has finished run it. You may be able to do this from within your browser otherwise you will need to find the downloaded file. On a Windows system the default will be in your download folder (C:\Users\UserName\Downloads). We would recommend you have SolidWorks shut down before the installation takes place. Double click to run the file and the installer will appear.
Follow the prompts making sure you are happy with the installation location. The install should only take a minute or so. Once finished click close, to close the installer.
Start SolidWorks, the addin should have automatically been added in and become active, however its worth checking. Go to Tools - Addins and make sure cadasio is ticked at least on the left (active) but also the right if you want it to be active whenever you start SolidWorks.
Open the file you wish to upload. This can be a full assembly or single part. You will see a cadasio tab on your feature manager and also on your tools drop down menu. Click the icon and the addin interface will appear. If you didn't enter your cadasio login details during installation, you will be asked to log in. If you haven't registered with us yet, create an account to be able to continue.
Confirm you are on the upload tab of the addin interface. You can choose to upload your file to a new project or you can send your file to your toolbox to reuse in multiple projects.
Once you have made your selection and filled in the required fields, choose upload to send you file to cadasio. Your files are converted before being sent, depending on the number of components and their complexity this may take a short amount of time.
Its worth noting that on the advanced tab of the addin there are various options that will affect your import. With these settings you can choose whether to include hidden and surface models with your upload. By default, the mesh quality is determined by your screen quality, which for most people is sufficient. However if you want more control you can set the mesh quality yourself. Please note, whilst a higher quality mesh will result in smoother surfaces, depending on your geometry you may not actually be able to tell the difference, but the file size will have increased, which will have an impact on the load time of your projects.
If you work with multibody parts, such as weldments, then you can choose whether to bring those in as a single part, in which case they will select as a single unit and only have one set of properties for the entire part. Or you can choose to create an assembly from the bodies, in which case each body will behave as if it was its own part.