fbpx
1-888-310-4540 (main) / 1-888-707-6150 (support) info@spkaa.com
Select Page

Troubleshooting SolidWorks: Can’t open .STP files

windchill features best plm software
Written by Daniela Alcantar
Published on January 26, 2024
Categories: SolidWorks | Video

Hi everyone, I am Daniela, the SolidWorks PDM SME for SPK and Associates. Today, I’ll be sharing a helpful guide for troubleshooting SolidWorks .STP files and importing a STP (referred to as “STEP” files) assembly as SolidWorks parts. This technique has proven valuable for our clients, addressing the challenges they faced when dealing with SolidWorks STP files lacking separately defined parts.

You can watch the video as Daniela walks through the step-by-step tutorial. Alternatively, follow the steps from the transcript below.

 

SolidWorks STP Files How To

 

Section 1: Configuring SolidWorks Settings

To get started, let’s tweak a few settings in SolidWorks to ensure a smooth import process.

Step 1: Enable FeatureWorks Add-In

  1. Navigate to Options and select ‘Add-Ins’.
  2. Turn on the ‘FeatureWorks’ add-in.
  3. Click ‘OK’ to confirm the changes.

Step 2: Adjust Import Settings

  1. Access ‘Options’ and go to the Import section under General.
  2. Disable ‘Enable 3D Interconnect.’
  3. Check the box for ‘Import multiple bodies as parts.’
  4. Save the changes within the General tab.

Section 2: Opening the SolidWorks STP File

Now that we’ve configured our settings, let’s open the STP file.

Step 1: Choose the Right File

  1. Obtain a STEP file, either from a vendor or a source like Grab CAD.
  2. Note: Larger STEP files may take a few minutes to process.

Step 2: Initiate File Opening

  1. Launch SolidWorks and open the STP file.
  2. During processing, take a short break, especially for larger files.

Step 3: Confirm Template Selection

  1. Upon completion, a template window will appear.
  2. Click OK promptly to avoid delays in file opening.

Conclusion

And there you have it. A SolidWorks assembly with separate parts derived from a STP file. This method enhances editability and facilitates working on SolidWorks parts. Remember, these settings and steps make a significant difference, especially when dealing with complex assemblies. 

Subscribe to our YouTube channel for even more SolidWorks PDM help, tricks and tips.

Looking for further support and SolidWorks PDM help? Contact our experts today.

Latest White Papers

A Field Guide to Threat Vectors in the Software Supply Chain

A Field Guide to Threat Vectors in the Software Supply Chain

The software supply chain is made up of many integrated parts, people, and processes. The components range from tools and configurations to code libraries and systems. These components’ goals are developing and delivering software. Unfortunately, risks are high due to...

Related Resources

Creo Composites Design & Manufacturing Capabilities

Creo Composites Design & Manufacturing Capabilities

Engineers typically have a few distinct materials to work with when designing and manufacturing parts. Composite design allows them to combine two or more varying materials to create a new one. This new material is often sustainable and used to design structures. This...

Why Businesses Must Embrace Digital Transformation

Why Businesses Must Embrace Digital Transformation

Hello and welcome to this SPK and Associates video, "Why Businesses Must Embrace Digital Transformation." My name is Michael Roberts, Vice President at SPK and Associates, and I'm here with Chris McHale, CEO and Co-founder of SPK and Associates. What is Digital...

Jira Basics Explained

Jira Basics Explained

Welcome to "Jira Basics Explained." My name is Michael Roberts, Vice President at SPK and Associates. If you're looking for a video that will help you understand the basics of Jira as your project management tool, you've come to the right place. In this video, we'll...