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Assembly in Solidworks not saving as one part when saved as an stl file. [message #83424] Sun, 19 January 2014 01:33 UTC Go to next message
avatar Robits  is currently offline Robits
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I have been trying to upload an assembly and it keeps saving the parts of the assembly as separate pieces. I have tried selecting "save all as one file" when saving it as an STL but it refuses to save into one file.
I feel like I am going insane.

[Updated on: Sun, 19 January 2014 01:33 UTC]


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Re: Assembly in Solidworks not saving as one part when saved as an stl file. [message #83430 is a reply to message #83424 ] Sun, 19 January 2014 11:40 UTC Go to previous messageGo to next message
avatar JACANT  is currently offline JACANT
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You could try this work around. Save all the parts as separate STL files.
Get a copy of Accutrans http://www.micromouse.ca/ Free trail then $20.
Use File - MultiOpen - Add Files - one at a time.
Tools - Merge all Layers
File - Save as - Stl (Binary) or any of the other options available. ( It can convert files).

If the files overlap each other, they can be moved in Accutrans.
Change the pane on the right to Edit. Pick the layer you want to move from the pull down option.
Pick Change - Move - Enter the increment required and the X Y or Z axis to move.
Click OK when finished

[Updated on: Sun, 19 January 2014 18:55 UTC]


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Re: Assembly in Solidworks not saving as one part when saved as an stl file. [message #83435 is a reply to message #83424 ] Sun, 19 January 2014 12:07 UTC Go to previous messageGo to next message
avatar mkroeker  is currently offline mkroeker
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Which version of SW ? Do you get an error message when it "refuses" to save all components as one file ? (Maybe try running the interference check).
I guess you could try using the "join" operation on a copy of your assembly before exporting.
Re: Assembly in Solidworks not saving as one part when saved as an stl file. [message #83499 is a reply to message #83424 ] Mon, 20 January 2014 15:49 UTC Go to previous messageGo to next message
avatar denali3ddesign  is currently offline denali3ddesign
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In the STL options, check the box "Save all components of an assembly in a single file"

Edit, sorry, sounds like you tried that already...

[Updated on: Mon, 20 January 2014 15:50 UTC]


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Re: Assembly in Solidworks not saving as one part when saved as an stl file. [message #83645 is a reply to message #83499 ] Wed, 22 January 2014 20:51 UTC Go to previous messageGo to next message
avatar GWMT  is currently offline GWMT
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You're not insane - Solidworks doesn't explain how to do anything very well.;-)

Try this:

1) Save the assembly file as a part file.

2) Close the assembly file, open the part file, select all the pieces and use the 'combine' command [under INSERT>FEATURES>COMBINE] to make them one solid piece and save it.

3) Try creating your STL from the part now; it should be a single piece.
Re: Assembly in Solidworks not saving as one part when saved as an stl file. [message #83646 is a reply to message #83424 ] Wed, 22 January 2014 20:54 UTC Go to previous message
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Thanks guys! I figured it out! I had mated the parts incorrectly, but once I re-mated them it saved correctly as one file. :)


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