I just got solidworks on my home computer and I was wondering how to import the cad files from Vexpro onto an assembly in solidworks. Clicking on the download cad files button in Vexpro just creates a zipped folder. How do I transfer this to Solidworks?
You can unzip the zip file and you should get a .stp file (or .step, it’s the same thing). You can then open that in solidworks, and it will import it (may take a few minutes depending on the file size). From there, you can modify and save it like any normal solidworks file.
In addition to what Ari said above, many files from VEX are STEP files. In SolidWorks when opening a STEP Assembly nothing will be mated together although it will appear fully assembled, so I would suggest Fixing (basically locking everything in place) the assembly so dragging it around won’t cause it to explode.
I don’t know how up to date this is, but Spectrum 3847 put together a CAD library specifically for Solidworks here that has a ton of stuff that you don’t have to import each thing you need separately: http://spectrum3847.org/cad-library/
Here is our team import prices, which I wrote up some time ago.
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