If you are having trouble exporting a file from SolidWorks to another CAD system, here are some steps that can be taken to help your chances of success.
- Give as much information about the original file as possible. What units were used? Can SolidWorks read the exported file back into itself?
- Determine if the receiving CAD application uses a common kernel either Parasolids or ACIS. If it does, use either of these file formats for the translation.*
- Simplify the model in SolidWorks. Suppress or delete fillets and holes before exporting.
- Run Verification on Rebuild. Check the integrity of your model by forcing a rebuild with the "Verification on Rebuild" switch turned ON. See article Using Ctrl-Q and Verification on Rebuild.
*For a list of import/export file format recommendations, see the article Recommended Mechanical CAD Import/Export File Types.