Pro/E to Solid Desiner conversion?

Guru's,
Does anyone have any suggestions for the "best" way to convert Pro/E files
for use in Solid Designer and visa versa.
Many thanks in advance for any suggestions.
Andy
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Andy Millar
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I use both programs daily. I love them both for different reasons.
You can Import IGES or STEP files created in ProE in Solid Designer with minimal issues. Just make sure that your resolutions are set high enough in the native ProE files for the transaltion process. Because once the file is brought into Solid Designer it's geometric resolution can NOT be increased. I have found that there is a loss of resolution going from ProE to Solid Desginer. For example a ProE file a resolution of 1E-6 is brought into Solid Designer it becomes something like 1E-4. So again the trick is to have a much higher resolution before the translation. The data brought into Solid Designer is ready to go.
Now going From Solid Designer into ProE is a different story. When creating IGES or STEP files in Solid Designer just use options and select Pro Engineer as the inreface and it will optimize the exports for Pro E. However, the data imported into ProE will not be parametric ( only a dummy Import feature). It which the data can be used to (1) recreate the file in ProE or (2) build features from it. Chances are that the data will have issues and repairs will be needed to make this data into a solid. My advise is to use composite curves to reconstruct the data paramterically in ProE.
Good Luck
Guru's,
Does anyone have any suggestions for the "best" way to convert Pro/E files for use in Solid Designer and visa versa.
Many thanks in advance for any suggestions.
Andy
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GS
Thanks a lot GS. We currently use IGES and STEP, but your tip regarding resolution should help. Thanks again
Reply to
Andy Millar
Andy,
Kind of new to this thread but i have been a Solid Designer (now re-branded as OneSpace Designer) administrator and user for along time. we were using SD before Co|Create even existed and it was sold by HP. We fight this Pro vs. Solid Designer battle on a daily basis. We used to go through STEP and IGES and the tips that GS gave you below are great for that method.
We actually purchased the Pro E .anf license/module from cocreate. It is a special translator designed to go from Pro to SD and back. I have yet to get a non-solid part in Solid Designer coming from Pro and vice versa. it works really slick. don't think i am a SolidDesigner sales guy or anything like that. i am the first one to piss and moan when something doesn't work because I end up fixing it.
we go as far as to design all of our parts in SD and do the proE conversion for our tooling vendor and send them a proE .prt or .asm. that way we are sure there aren't any translation errors on the vendor/tooler side. we make very complex/ergo plastic and magnesium pieces.
GS is right, you don't have any parametrics when you go from SD to pro. that is what you get when you play with non-history based and history based modelers in the same environment. the beauty is when you go from pro to SD, you just start making changes, no problems.
talk to your cocreate rep and get a timebomb codeword and test it out. let me know if you are having any problems.
(remove the no_spam_man) daman3682@no_spam_man.yahoo.com
take care.
-daman
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Da Man

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