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Brian Ferguson
SolidWorks to Zaxwerks
on May 31, 2011 at 4:46:44 pm

I have a client that has a product that was designed in SolidWorks. He wants this to be used in a video demonstration in 3D. I have 3D Invigorator Pro 4.x

What is the best method to a model from SolidWorks to Zaxwerks? If I can upgrade to Zaxwerks 5 to get more compatibility, I would be willing to do that.

I have tried DXF and DWG but they are 2D files.

Here is what they told me would output:

Mechanical Desktop®
Adobe® Illustrator®
Adobe Photoshop®
Parasolid® text and binary
Adobe Portable Document Format
Autodesk Inventor®
CATIA® Graphics
Solid Edge®
DXF™/DWG files
SolidWorks® eDrawings®
Highly Compressed Graphics
IDF 2.0, 3.0 (CircuitWorks Lite)
IDF 2.0, 3.0, 4.0 (CircuitWorks)

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Edward Wu
Re: SolidWorks to Zaxwerks
on May 31, 2011 at 9:29:15 pm

Hi Brian,

I haven't used Solidworks before, but perhaps you can try exporting the model out as the DXF 3D model type. Our program usually works best if you try importing a Maya .obj object, or a Lightwave .lwo object. However, the AutoCAD DXF format works as well.

If you are working with a flat logo design that you want to extrude, you can try exporting the logo out as an Illustrator format, and try importing the logo into our program. It will take the vector design of the logo, and extrude it. In terms of version 4 and version 5, they have the same compatibility for importing 3D models.

Hope this helps.


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Brian Ferguson
Re: SolidWorks to Zaxwerks
on May 31, 2011 at 9:39:41 pm

I found out the DXF 3D is only an import option. I am not able to extrude the item in this case. Thanks for the reply.

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Matt Rhodes
Re: SolidWorks to Zaxwerks
on May 31, 2011 at 10:57:25 pm

Hi Brian.

I'd suggest using your favorite search engine to seek out a 3D export plug-in.

I Googled: "solidworks 3d export"

There seem to be a number of them. Some are free.
Exporting to 3DS or OBJ or DXF should work.

Matt Rhodes
Zaxwerks, Inc.

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Brian Ferguson
Re: SolidWorks to Zaxwerks
on Jun 4, 2011 at 5:17:27 am

I thought I would post my own follow up on this.

I had a solidworks STL file exported.

I downloaded some freeware called MeshLab. I had better luck with the 32 bit version even though I installed the x64 version first, it kept complaining about having visual C++ redestibutable 2008 SP1 and it would only work with that package. Anyway, I imported the STL in MeshLab and then exported a 3DS file, which imported into ZaxWerks.

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