I imported some design from solidworks.
I imported it as from parasolid files
Afrer import of each part I converted it to sheet metal using toll "CONVERT TO SHEET METAL"
Everything is ok.
But when I want to save this converted file Solid edge still want to save it as a *.part file.
Files converted to sheet metal where is no any bends I can save as *.psm file.
But If in converted file is even one bending then I can not to save it as *.psm file.
if You know that You finally want to get a sheet metal part then use a PSM as import template rather than a PAR.
But nevertheless if You have alread a converted sheetmetal but saved as PAR You can rename that one to a dot PSM
Before writing and posting this lines I wanted to check it by myself.
So created a sheet metal saved it as parasolid and imported it back as part.
Converted it to sheet metal and jsut clicked save
And now - surprise - SE automatically offered. and only offered me, to save it as PSM.
Only as PSM!
So right now I'm not able to test the rename from par to psm, but I know that I have done it in the past.
OK, continued to test this situation and when saving the imported part before converting it as part then I have the dot par file type.
Convert it to psm and save it, still let it be a .par
Close it, change the name or better to say the ending to .psm and open it again brings a pure PSM part to SE
So this should work anyway.
I recently have found this problem.
I have been doing SE .psm for years and when I open someone elses (.psm) I do not have the same Home tabs and it uses the "Solids" tab not the "Sheet Metal" tab
Modeled on my PC has "Sheet Metal" Tab
Opened from another CAD person on my PC has "solids" tab
We have been starting to run into varius issues or pitfalls of .par files that are sheetmetals. It's getting messy now and starting to mess with our dxf creation. If a .par file can be converted to a sheetmetal model with all the sheetmetal behaviors then why bother with .psm file extension at all. Just drop the .psm and only use .par files?
Personally, I like having .psm and .par files. Not only does it make it so I can have two versions of the same part, like a bent angle or made from actual L angle. Then decide afterwards which version is needed, also can keep both in the assembly, turn one off in occurence properties. Also it allows us to see from windows explorer if it is sheet metal or another type of part.
That's an odd situation. I thought maybe someone changed the extension, but testing doesn't produce the same result as yours. Simply changing a .par file to sheet metal doesn't change the extension. Is there any chance these are imported parts, and using different templates? I once had made an import.par file that was nothing more than a .psm template renamed and changed the extension. I don't have that to test at the moment.
I'm lost, will see what the experts come up with..............
@nominus38, I beleive your first point is good and I can see that being useful. Our files and closely tied to manufacturing so a blank&formed angle would have completely different routing than a cut and drill angle, therefor different part numbers and so we tend to follow that mindset in naming files. Every place does things a little different so it's good to hear from other perspectives.
Your second point I find interresting because that was one of the main reasons why I don't like a .par that is actually a sheet metal. So now our .par files may need dxfs of the flat for our LASER and break, it used to be only .psm files would sometimes need a dxf. With .par files being sheetmetal that has, in my opinion/understanding made the .psm extension pointless, unless an organization sets down rules stating that there shal be no sheet metal parts modeled in a .psm file which defeats the point of the "switch to" feature.
Having mixed-matched file extensions and model types sounds a little too messy for my brain.
I do not know what this other CAD guy did, However maybe he had a different version? We had 3 CAD designers all using ST8 but from all 3 PC's things were different.
Those 2 guys are no longer with us and I have to edit a lot of their models.
Also strange is how when I do a .par file, all my sketches show up in my tree, but how ever they modeled, all I get are "Protrusions", "Cutouts" featured but no Sketch boxes to check or uncheck.
Sure I can just click the center flyout but it seems strange that they are all missing.