Data Import: Transferring from Solidworks to Fusion 360
Following up from our recent blog on importing Solidworks data into Inventor we will now take a look at the workflow to correctly upload a Solidworks assembly into Fusion 360.
We are going to use the same Sterling Engine which we used for the Inventor tutorial. Fist we will start inventor up, click the button to open the Data Panel, create a new project on the Data Panel by clicking the new project button.
Give the project a relevant name, in this case I have called it Solidworks files.
Click the upload button to open the Upload dialog box, this will then give us the option to Select the files which we would like to use or Drag and Drop then files into the dialog box. The files will then be located in the “Solidworks Files” folder we have created.
In this case we are going to use the Select Files option. When we click on this option it will open the File Explorer, I will navigate to the folder where my assembly is located and select the assemblies and associated files.
Fusion will then ask me to identify a Top-Level assembly in this case STIRLING ENGINE ASSEMBLY.SLDASM
Once the Upload has begun, the Job Status dialog will be opened. I can close this and continue to work on other models in Fusion as the assembly uploads.
Once uploaded I can see my model in the data panel.
When I open the assembly all the parts associated with that assembly are located in the browser on the left of the screen.
These parts are not constrained like they would’ve been in the Solidworks assembly, but I can begin to add joints and motion to showcase how this model would work.
I can edit the geometry of all the parts in the one file and with the Capture Design history, I can begin to populate a Timeline of changes and features I have made to the model.
For instance, using the Hole command to create a hole through this Power Cylinder part. The feature then appears in the timeline.
Errors you may run into to:
1 - Translation Report
For instance when uploading to Inventor, Fusion creates a Translation report, this will highlight any errors or missing files. As you can see from this report, I have 4 files missing, some parts in the above report such as Slotted Cheese Head Screw BSI did not come through, the reason for this error is because these parts were taken from the Toolbox Add in from Solidworks (Content Centre equivalent to Inventor).
2 – Selecting Sub-Assemblies and Parts
This may occur when a customer or client is providing an assembly and only provides the assembly file. Fusion will automatically prompt you to select the reference sub-assemblies and parts that’s are referenced in the Top Level or Main Assembly. Be sure to ask clients and customers to Pack and Go their data to ensure you are able to upload models correctly to Fusion 360.
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