Inventor can open the Solidworks assembly

<App Menu><Open><Import CAD Files>

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Browse to the SLDASM file and open it.

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I used the default options for import.

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Now go to the BIM Exchange Environment

<Environments><Begin><BIM Exchange>

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Note that one is able to add MEP connectors and to shrink-wrap the component (we will do this later to show the difference between shrink-wrapped and non-shrink-wrapped building components)

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Checking the design reveals that it is deemed to be complex. This is because no simplifications have been made.

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A warning is displayed about the complexity.

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A recommendation is made that invisible parts can be suppressed.

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Accepting the defaults

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Save the file as an ADSK file.

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A report can be generated.

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It displays in a browser and in this case states that the ADSK component was created successfully.

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Open the ADSK file using Revit. By default it is a family of type Generic model. I change it to a Speciality Equipment family.

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By default the units are set to imperial, so change the units to metric if required.

Partial Explode the ADSK component and delete the Bounding Box.

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Delete the Bounding Box and change the visual style to realistic.

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It is evident the materials have been ported from Inventor to Revit. If the component is fully exploded, the geometry consists of one solid part.

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The faces of the fully exploded part can be painted in Revit if required.

Lastly, notice the size of the partially exploded and fully exploded Revit families are the same: 752 KB.

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This is a rather large file even though the component is relatively simple. Imagine the size of the file if it had lots of complex geometry like a gearbox! The shrink-wrap function, meant for instances like this, is discussed it he next blog.