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 From:  AlexPolo
8082.1 
Hi All,

Currently working on an assembly which will be imported into SolidWorks exporting via STEP works very well carrying part names.

Is there a way so that the imported assembly going into Solidworks picks up the same part name as the same referenced part rather than a duplicate?

Thanks

Alex.
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 From:  Michael Gibson
8082.2 In reply to 8082.1 
Hi Alex, unfortunately I'm not familiar enough with SolidWorks myself to be able to answer that. Hopefully someone who uses MoI and SolidWorks together more regularly will be able to chime in though.

- Michael
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 From:  Karsten (KMRQUS)
8082.3 In reply to 8082.1 
Hello Alex,
am I right, that you have a lot of parts in Moi with the same name and geometry, but with different positions e.g. bolts and nuts. Now you want to get an assembly in SW, where you have only one SW-Part, but muliple placed in the assembly?

- Karsten
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 From:  AlexPolo
8082.4 In reply to 8082.3 
Hello Karsten,

That is 100% correct - in MOI the same part name like a BOLT TYPE and when import into Soliworks keep the same part rather than BOLT01, BOLT02, BOLT03.

I would assume the are different parameters within the STEP file format for this type of situation.

thanks
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 From:  Karsten (KMRQUS)
8082.5 In reply to 8082.4 
Hello ALex,

the STEP-Spec seems to have a mechanism for that (representation_relationship_with_transformation/Mapped_item and representation_map), but I think that Moi doesn't support it, because it doesn't support instances. It's a while ago that I used SW, so the other question is: Is there a Support of the feature in SW? Easy to check in SW - Export and reimport in SW an assembly to see what happens (check basepoints of the parts and multiple instances).

Sorry, maybe someone else knows a solution by Makros or scripts.

FYI:
http://www.wikistep.org/index.php/Representation_schema

Nevertheless, have a nice day
Karsten
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 From:  Karsten (KMRQUS)
8082.6 In reply to 8082.4 
p.s.: A short test from a colleague with SW2016 shows me that REPRESENTATION_RELATIONSHIP_WITH_TRANSFORMATION/SHAPE_REPRESENTATION_RELATIONSHIP is supported and works fine.
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 From:  bigseb
8082.8 In reply to 8082.4 
>> rather than BOLT01, BOLT02, BOLT03

Solidworks (and others eg. Geomagic Design, Catia, Creo, etc) do this because how they process data. If you have an assembly in Solidworks and add a bolt from a library you can pattern the bolt as you like, the BOM will indicate x number of bolt one are in your assembly.

This doesn't work when importing a step assembly. The software will read each bolt as a single entity, thus creating bolt 1, bolt 2, bolt 3, etc even if they are all the same.

This will impact your BOM too as each bolt will register as a separate entry i.e. 1x M10x30, 1x M10x30, 1x M10x30, 1x M10x30, 1x M10x30, etc. I get this all this time with imported step assemblies.


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 From:  Karsten (KMRQUS)
8082.9 In reply to 8082.8 
Hello Sebastian,
>>>>>>>This doesn't work when importing a step assembly
Not in general - If the export supports the mentioned feature, the assembly structure will be reconstructed. That works also for sub-assemblies.

I have tested it actually with with SW, Geomagic and know it from my good old Catia V5 times (in deep mourning ...). I would test it also with NX(I hate it!!), but my actual employer uses an 3rd part converter:-(

Have a nice day
Karsten
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 From:  ceny (CENUIJ)
8082.10 In reply to 8082.1 
Hi,

I haven't used Solidworks for some time but it should be as simple as it is in Solidedge and Inventor.

Solidedge calls it 'replace part and Inventor calls it 'replace component'.

Once you have imported the STEP file into the program, you save that. So, if you have one hundred M5 screws in the assembly (it will have named them M5 Screw_1, M5 Screw_2 and so on or something like it), then select the 99 screws after M5 Screw_1 and it should be as simple as RMB and replace part (using the M5 Screw_1 as the part to replace with). As all the screws are the same, they should all be orientated the correct way when replaced. And resave again.

Hope that helps.
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