Attn: CATIAHotline PLM’er,
I got a call the other day from somebody off of my website. The question was this. Does CATIA have something that will convert native SolidWorks directly into CATIA. The answer is yes there is, but when I tested it a few years ago I didn’t like it. It was inconsistent and well it was a pain to get working.
My recommendation to him was to call his Business Partner and get a Quote for a Step License and Part Feature Recognition license. The Step license will not restrict him to just a SolidWorks file but to any format where they can receive Step from. And the Part Feature Recognition is a pretty groovy piece of software. It allows you to give parameters to an isolated solid. Here I’ll let DS give there Marketing schpeill. FR1.
Sent in by Todd C.
“I hope all is going well for you.
I thought you might like to know that we tested the both the Step license and FormatWorks only to find that we had better luck with our Elysium software. In testing some of our compound surfaced parts, both Step and FormatWorks failed more frequently. We still have a few that can trip up Elysium, but a nice report is generated telling you where the problem is. It is usually a fillet that needs to be suppressed and then reapplied once in CATIA (i.e. a .500″ fillet in SolidWorks might need to be defined as .4995″ in CATIA).