How To Turn On 3D Interconnect

By now you may have heard of the excellent new functionality in SOLIDWORKS 2017 for working with 3D data from other CAD systems. It’s called “3D Interconnect”, and it’s generating a lot of buzz among SW2017 enhancements.

To learn more about it, and to see it in action, you can check out the tutorial video.

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If you’re already excited about it, and are wondering why you can’t seem to try it out, it’s because you have to enable it. Here’s how:

  1. Open SOLIDWORKS 2017.
  2. Go to Tools > Options… > System Options and select the Import branch of options.
  3. Set the File Format pull-down to “Inventor/Catia V5/Creo/NX/Solid Edge“.
  4. Check the checkbox to Enable 3D Interconnect (Beta Version) = ON


Now, you will see more options when you use Insert Component in an assembly, or Insert > Part in a part. Also, when you choose File > Open, you will get behavior similar to Insert > Part when you open Inventor, CATIA, Creo, NX, or Solid Edge part files.

Please enjoy responsibly.



One Response

  1. Richard Williams aka Corporal Willy
    Richard Williams aka Corporal Willy
    January 9, 2017 at 8:26 pm | | Reply

    I was totally unaware of this add in to 2017 SolidWorks. This is going to solve some very tricky problems for me at least in our Clark County School System here in Las Vegas. The School District uses Autodesk Programs by contractual agreements since before I have been trying to introduce SolidWorks into our schools. Only a small amount of our schools use SolidWorks. Whenever I can get my hands on the 2017 Student Version I will show by demonstrations how students using both these programs can still collaborate on a project. This is really great news. I’m in an uphill battle trying to get SolidWorks engrained into our curriculum. Now at least I have a fighting chance. Thanks.

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