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3.1.8.  Export to CAD (with and without interface)

After a part (assembly) is clearly determined you can export it to your CAD system.[84]

Export setting options: On this see Section 3.3.12, “"Export to CAD" tabbed page ”.

Export of 3D or 2D parts to 3D or 2D CAD systems

The following matrix gives notes regarding 2D derivation in the different combinations of 3D/2D part and 3D/2D CAD system.

  3D CAD system 2D CAD system
3D part

There is no 2D derivation required.

Before exporting a 2D derivation has to be created.

Without preceding 2D derivation an error message is displayed when attempting to export to your CAD system or the button Transfer to CAD is grayed out.

Detailed information on 2D derivation can be found under Section 3.1.10, “ Create 2D derivation ”.

2D part

When exporting to 3D CAD systems please note that the respective CAD system has a 2D mode, which is active at the moment.

Parts, already available in the 2D format can be exported without 2D derivation.

Export with and without PARTsolutions interface

Parts can be exported to the CAD with and without PARTsolutions interface.

Export with PARTsolutions interface

Export with PARTsolutions interface

Export without PARTsolutions interface

Export without PARTsolutions interface

The following figure shows the export call with and without PARTsolutions interface.

Export to a CAD system with PARTsolutions interface

[Note] Note

Parts exported from PARTsolutions are saved in the so-called pool path. If a part is exported again then it won't be created anew, but is taken from the pool. This path is specified in the setting options of the PARTsolutions interface.

Either in the Export menu or in the toolbar, click on the command Transfer to CAD .

-> The chosen part is directly transferred to the CAD system. For special parts a placement dialog is available.[85] [86]

Information on all CAD interfaces (overview, the individual functions, the placement dialog, etc.) can be found under Chapter 2, Open PARTsolutions from CAD systems.

Export to a CAD system without PARTsolutions interface

Even if your CAD system does not yet have a PARTsolutions connection, you still have the option to export parts from PARTsolutions to your CAD system. The respective part must first be exported onto your computer's hard drive. From there simply import it into your CAD system.

Hereto proceed as follows:

  1. Either in the Export menu or in the toolbar, open the format overview via arrow key .

    Example: Formats from "3D system neutral"

    Example: Formats from "3D system neutral"

    [Note] Note

    The last selection is shown as the main menu point as long as a new export format has been selected.

  2. From the different export formats select the desired one.

  3. In the opening dialog box, perform the required settings and confirm with OK.

    Exemplarily "Export using STEP format"

    Exemplarily "Export using STEP format"

    -> The file is saved at the specified location.

  4. Import this file into your CAD system.

Detailed information on the individual formats is found under Section 3.1.9, “ Export into different file formats (without PARTsolutions interface) ”.

[84] For configurations make sure that there are no elements in red. These must then be assigned a specific characteristic.

[85] If a valid model is opened in the CAD system, then the button "Transfer to CAD" is automatically active in PARTdataManager.

[86] The button "Transfer to CAD" remains active, regardless of whether you call it from the PARTsolutions menu in the further course or you directly switch into the PARTdataManager.