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Import CAD Files

Whether you want to validate your robot’s workspace or visualize all connection points of your equipment to your assembly, inserting your own 3D models into your Vention design is fast and easy.

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Import any Part Directly from Your Favorite CAD System

CAD software can be exported in a variety of 3D file formats: STEP, STL, IGES, etc. When translating to these universal file formats, there is always a possibility of losing data. The resulting files are also larger and take some time to create. To allow users a quicker solution, they can import their models into Vention without having to go through the tedious transition via a temporary file. We are now allowing the import of models up to 50MB in your favorite CAD system’s native format:

  • SolidWorks (.sldprt)
  • CATIA (.catpart)
  • Solid Edge (.par)
  • Parasolid (.x_t)
  • Unigraphics-NX (.prt)
  • Autodesk Inventor (.ipt)
  • Creo - Pro/E (.prt)

You also have the option to import in STEP, STL or IGES. Your design possibilities now extend far beyond the Parts Library. You can now instantly visualize your own components side-by-side with Vention Parts, directly from your favorite CAD system.

How to import a CAD files into a Design?

Importing parts in Vention is simple: start by going to your Vention Assembly in MachineBuilder and clicking on the Import icon located in the top menu, highlighted in blue.

A form will appear in a new window, asking you to select a file and listing all the supported formats.

At this stage, you are also choosing between two different levels of privacy:

  1. Private: only visible to people who have access to the design (Design Lead, Collaborators and viewers)
  2. My Team: visible to all users from the same team (only available when My Team is activated)

After clicking on the green “Import” icon, the part will appear at the end of your mouse so you can drag it into the assembly like any Vention component. This part will now be accessible in the Imported Parts category under My Parts.

How to Use an Imported Part in Vention

There are two differents methods to attach an imported part to your assembly.

Using connectors method:

  1. Right-click the imported part, then select "Create Connector"
  2. Position the connector where needed and left-click to confirm the location. The connector will always be place in the middle of the face. If you are looking to put it in a precise spot, you just have to press Ctrl at the same time. (You can create as many connectors as you want this way)
  3. Drag and drop the imported part on the receiving parts
  4. Adjust the position of the imported part using the left and right arrows
  5. You can reposition any of the connectors by doing a right click on the imported part close to the connector and selecting the "Adjust Connector" tool. (It will let you move the part in every axis while maintaining the connection)

Using grouping method:

  1. Left-click the imported part and select "Move and Rotate Parts"
  2. Move the part in the desired position
  3. Hold the "Ctrl" key and select the imported part as well as the part on which it attaches, then click on group

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