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souzou
08-30-2016, 10:11 AM
Hi all,

There's been a few threads on this from a few years back, but maybe there are new solutions out there now. We need to convert some CAD files into a LW-compatible format. Problem is I'm not totally sure what software they are from - there is a collection of assembly and parts files (.asm and .prt), an .idx file and one .xpr file (for a screw). Googling I think it's from Creo / Pro/ENGINEER?

Anyway, does anyone know if there are any solutions out there for conversions other than Polytrans and Babel3d?


Thanks,
Matt

daforum
08-30-2016, 10:52 AM
I only know of online converters - some are free but some are to pay for.
( sometimes the paid ones offer a single free conversion per day )

prometheus
08-30-2016, 11:03 AM
if you can ask them to export to iges, then you can use freecad which is free, and import the iges files, proo engineer should export iges.
if you however is stuck with prt and asm, it may be more troublesome..
otherwise, invest in modo if you can, it will cost but you will get more than you ask for :) it has native prt and sldasm import, at least a good support with dasseult system who is the creator of solidworks.

theres also a very good (better than polytrans in my opinion) translator ..formerly known as deep exploration, now called SAP Visual Enterprise Author..however, the current owners have made it an absolute mess when trying to showcase it ..get info on it etc..to a point of screw up badly in marketing.

souzou
08-30-2016, 11:04 AM
I only know of online converters - some are free but some are to pay for.
( sometimes the paid ones offer a single free conversion per day )

Any to recommend? Paid is fine

souzou
08-30-2016, 11:06 AM
if you can ask them to export to iges, then you can use freecad which is free, and import the iges files, proo engineer should export iges.
if you however is stuck with prt and asm, it may be more troublesome..
otherwise, invest in modo if you can, it will cost but you will get more than you ask for :) it has native prt and sldasm import, at least a good support with dasseult system who is the creator of solidworks.

We're stuck with the files we have unfortunately. Tried Modo (we have 701) but no joy.

prometheus
08-30-2016, 11:14 AM
Any to recommend? Paid is fine

as I mentioned before you posted..former deep exploration, now SAP Visual Enterprise Author, you have o look around for the site and product, that is a real bad mess in my opinion, however..I used it to convert solidworks files gym machines from solidworks to lightwave, excellent, ..I tried polytrans but it couldnīt handle it as good as deep exploration.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=94MFEhFUfYY

http://go.sap.com/product/plm/product-visualization.html

Modo 701 ? I donīt think they had implemented the cad importers at that time, I know I have tested a modo demo and imported directly sldasm and prt files, so you would need to update that modo version I think.
You could also invest in moi, but it may depend on the size of the cad files, but it can handle sldasm and prt files I think. and it is quite cheap.

3dpete
08-30-2016, 11:20 AM
Check out edrawings also. I believe the lite version will let you export .stl files. The pro version should have additional options.

prometheus
08-30-2016, 11:21 AM
this one may give some oveview on it...
I used to mangle down thousands of surface which our engineer got as output in the cad files, one for each nut and bolt :) but filtering all surface based on a name list made it easy to merge it all, then I exported out to lightwave in obj format, you need to make sure the scaling preferences are correct, usually 0,001, it may depend on version of deep exploration, I know they changed it in one version, but one can figure that out.
and I have no clue how good i is now when it has changed its name and versions, it is easy to make pdfs, or illlustrations, make notes, or navigate in it all as well.
I do not know the price though..I think it is expensive, but I do not work with that any more.



https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FykQWHHIWfM


more vids here....
http://www.simulistic.com/sap.htmlhttp://www.simulistic.com/sap.html

daforum
08-30-2016, 11:26 AM
Any to recommend? Paid is fine

This is one i was thinking of:https://www.convertcadfiles.com

Hope it helps :)

souzou
08-30-2016, 11:53 AM
Check out edrawings also. I believe the lite version will let you export .stl files. The pro version should have additional options.

GENIUS! This worked (free reader version) thank you. It crashes on the full assembly but I can at least read the smaller assemblies and put it together piece by piece.

3dpete
08-30-2016, 11:57 AM
If you export out your smaller assemblies you can bring in a group of stl's into blender and export it to lightwave via fbx. Everything should import in place.

Surrealist.
08-30-2016, 02:17 PM
FreeCad works well:

http://www.freecadweb.org/wiki/?title=Download

prometheus
08-30-2016, 02:27 PM
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FreeCad works well:

http://www.freecadweb.org/wiki/?title=Download
does it support sldasm and prt now? I am using 0.14 here, but that can not import sldasm or prt as I know of, and that was the objective.

souzou
08-30-2016, 02:46 PM
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does it support sldasm and prt now? I am using 0.14 here, but that can not import sldasm or prt as I know of, and that was the objective.


Actually the objective was converting Creo Pro/ENGINEER .asm and .prt files, which I think are different?

3dpete
08-30-2016, 03:14 PM
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does it support sldasm and prt now? I am using 0.14 here, but that can not import sldasm or prt as I know of, and that was the objective.

Unfortunately no. Still a very handy tool.

Surrealist.
08-30-2016, 10:58 PM
Interesting. Sorry I did not check first. Supports just about everything else though. So it is a good tool to have regardless.

prometheus
08-31-2016, 06:05 AM
Actually the objective was converting Creo Pro/ENGINEER .asm and .prt files, which I think are different?

Yes..that is most likely so.
In any case, freecad doesnīt have any of those formats, solidworks sldasm,prt or pro engineer asm, prt.
iges works just fine, since I tested with an engineer who worked with it and exported, opened in freecad and exported to obj, with rescaling of something around 0,001
Problem still remains since he had to go with those files, but I think it was solved with other software?