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Access solid works files through solid edge


The solid works license we had at the lab expired and hence we are looking out for other designing tools. Solid Edge seems to be the best way to go. But we will need to access our older Solid Works files too. Can a file created through Solid Works be accessed via Solid Edge ? If yes, is the design or data quality lost or compromised in any way ? 




Re: Access solid works files through solid edge

Gears Esteemed Contributor Gears Esteemed Contributor
Gears Esteemed Contributor
Hi there,

Yes, you can.....but only Parts & Assemblies (so long as all the accompanying part files are present also) can be imported.
You can't import any 2D draft sheets, but creating these is very easy in Solid Edge anyway.

Have you downloaded the 45 day trial? can try the process out for yourself., and by all means, post here for more help when ever needed.
Sean Cresswell
Design Manager Streetscape Ltd
Solid Edge ST10 [MP8] Classic [x2 seats]
Windows 10 - Quadro P2000

Re: Access solid works files through solid edge

Community Manager Community Manager
Community Manager

SolidWorks "expiring" sounds like this must be an educational/student license? What school is this at and what kind of work are you doing?

Dan Staples
Director, Solid Edge Product Development

Re: Access solid works files through solid edge


I was a bit perplexed by the "expired" copmment too. This could be an educational or Economic Stimulus license.


SW has a tight grip on data generated using those licenses.


For example:

"6. Is there compatibility between SolidWorks Education Edition, the SolidWorks Engineering Stimulus Package, and SolidWorks commercial edition files?

The commercial edition can open SolidWorks Education Edition (EDU) files, but they will have an intentional watermark. SolidWorks Education Edition can open commercial files of the same version, however after saving, they will also have a watermark. The SolidWorks Engineering Stimulus Package can open both files which will also have the watermark after being saved."



"13. Can you save files as IGES or STEP in the SolidWorks Engineering Stimulus Package?

No, you can only save SolidWorks native file formats, DWG, DXF, and SolidWorks eDrawings file types."