[cad-linux] Re: SolidWorks interface

  • From: phrostie <pfrostie@xxxxxxxxx>
  • To: cad-linux@xxxxxxxxxxxxx
  • Date: Tue, 25 Nov 2003 03:24:02 -0500

i have not seen Solidworks in a few years, but i'm currently neck deep in 
Catia V5.  it uses a single part format.
each part has it's own file.  to create an assy you combine the part files 
into an product file.  productrs can contain multipule parts and other 

i think Solidworks is similar.  they called my house the otherday asking me if 
i wanted a 30 trial.  i asked if they had a linux version yet.

On Tue November 25 2003 18:37, you wrote:
> Hi all,
> I am considering to write a SolidWorks viewer. So I looked at the
> SolidWorks website for while, looking for API documentation or, better,
> documentation of the file format used to store SolidWorks. I found out
> that SolidWorks seems to use ParaSolid (how funny, they are owned by
> Dassault who owns the ACIS kernel and Catia also).
> So there is my first option, ParaSolid x_t and x_b are documented
> afaik.
> Now, I have never used SolidWorks, so my question to you experienced
> folks here is, what is the standard format that SW stores it's models
> in? And what am I going to miss when I use the ParaSolid format over
> the sldprt format?
> Any other suggestions? Pointers to libraries that already implement all
> of this?  ;-)
> Thanks for any input.
> Roland
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