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Importing ASSEMBLIES into UG?

Importing ASSEMBLIES into UG?

Importing ASSEMBLIES into UG?

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We are sending one of our suppliers a Parasolid Assembly (from SolidWorks). Everytime it's imported into UG the parts come across as UNPARAMETERIZED FEATURES, and we lose all sense of part names and assembly structure.

I know UG can open a STEP 214 file and get the assembly structure, so my question is how do we make it do the same with a parasolid? I know the file can be opened in SolidEdge as an assembly, so I know the data is there.

And we know the Edge file could be opened in UG, but there has to be a switch in UG to make this work correctly. Parasolids is one of the most popular and efficient neutral formats in the world.

Thanks in advance for any help.


RE: Importing ASSEMBLIES into UG?

We model our parts at assembled position and ask any partner company to do the same. That way any parts we collaborate on can be brought into an assembly file without worrying about positioning, mating constraints, etc. We'll exchange a list of part numbers/descriptions so we don't have to worry about having all that info in the assembly file. This method sacrifices some 'cool' features particular to a certain software package, but makes it easier to work with others who don't use the same software.

RE: Importing ASSEMBLIES into UG?

I just completed a review of Solid Works for use in combination with UG in our office.  Part of my research showed that Solid Works assemblies come across and a single part model with many "UNPARAMETRIZED FEATURES".  

Unlike Solid Edge and Solid Works, UG does not apply templates when importing models (part, assembly, sheetmetal etc).  All parasolid files therefore are treated as a single part, GTAC confirmed this.

In order to maintain the assembly structure, you may want to consider STEP.  As I was reviewing Solid Works to be a potential stable mate to UG, I did not look at STEP.  I ended up recommending Adoption of Solid Edge because UG can open Solid Edge assemblies directly and the parameters are retained through Associative Embedding.

James D. Rawlinson
Project Engineer/CAD Support specialist
Goodrich Hoist and Winch
Diamond Bar, CA

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