March 15, 2020
Use the Open command to open files created in any supported format. Use the Save As command to export parts, assemblies, drawing sheets, and 3D markups to formats read by other applications. Your license type determines which of these actions are supported.
If you work frequently with non- files, we recommend that you set your file options to optimize the importing and exporting process for your needs.
Object IDs for edges, faces, and bodies are now stored within the .scdoc file. Object IDs are preserved when other files are opened or inserted into , and the IDs can also be exported. For example, if you export a design to an analysis company, and they tag geometry with load positions, boundary conditions, and so on, then when you re-import that design, make changes, and re-export to the analysis company, they will not need to recreate their tags on the new design.
If you import a file and it fails, the reason for the failure is reported in the Status Log on the lower right edge of the window.
To import a design
- Select Open from the File menu or click in the Quick Access toolbar, or click the Insert tool in the Insert ribbon group on the Design tab.Depending on the selected file type, additional elements appear in the Open window. For descriptions of these options or to set their default values, click Options.
- Select Check geometry to run the geometry check after the file is opened or imported. See Checking geometry.
- Navigate to and select the file you want to open or insert.If you are opening a file, it is displayed in a new Design window. If you are inserting a file, it appears as an external component within the active design.If there is an invalid character in the path of a file you are trying to open or insert, that character is replaced with a valid character to avoid errors.If you open an Inventor, Pro/ENGINEER, or Unigraphics file that has missing components, you will be prompted to locate the missing files.Click Stop in the status bar to cancel an import while it is in progress.The name of the imported file is displayed in the Status Log when it is successful.Expand the sections below for information about a specific file format.
In this tutorial, you will learn how to import geometry from Autodesk Inventor to Ansys Spaceclaim. You can repeat the process for geometries from SolidWorks or another 3D software.
Autodesk Inventor is a comprehensive and flexible set of software for 3D mechanical design, simulation, tooling creation, and design communication.
By default, System Coupling’s beta features are not activated. When beta features are activated, the corresponding settings are added to the data model and are available for use.
The Mid-Surface feature allows the creation of Surface bodies that are midway between existing Solid body faces. The resulting surface body/bodies have a Thickness property which defines the “thickness” that surface body represents.
The Symmetry feature is a tool used to define a symmetry model. The feature takes either all the bodies or selected bodies of the model as input and accepts up to three symmetry planes. You can choose either full or partial models to work with. If a full model is used, the selected symmetry planes will slice off the model and only a portion of the model will be retained.
The Enclosure feature is a tool used to enclose the bodies of a model so that the material enclosing the bodies can be assigned to something such as a gas or fluid in the ANSYS Mechanical application.
The ANSYS DesignModeler application is designed to be used as a geometry editor of existing CAD models. The ANSYS DesignModeler application is a parametric feature-based solid modeler designed so that you can intuitively and quickly begin drawing 2D sketches, modeling 3D parts, or uploading 3D CAD models for engineering analysis preprocessing.
The Offset function allows you to create a set of lines and arcs that are offset by an equal distance from an existing set of “straight” lines and “circular” arcs. The original set of lines and arcs must be connected in a simple end-to-end fashion and can form either an open or closed profile.
The Slice feature improves the usability of ANSYS DesignModeler as a tool to produce sweepable bodies for hex meshing and to assign different cross sections in a line body.
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