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    Discussion in 'SolidWorks' started by Sorident, Mar 9, 2016.

    1. Sorident

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      Hello, I'm a new SolidWorks user trying to learn as much as I can. I started as a 3ds Max user so SolidWorks is very different for me. I can't seem to find answer to a problem, it might sound stupid. I want to know if there is a way to make a feature permanent, for example if I use combine on 2 different solid objects, I have the 2 objects and the combine feature on the left, but I want to only have one solid object (the combined one) on the left when saving the file, so it doesn't take so much space on the drive. I have tried everything and did not succeed. Thanks in advance.
       
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      Export the file as a parasolid. (File, Save As, choose type Parasolid). Then Import it back and save as a new file.
       
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      Thanks a lot, was thinking it might be the only way.
       
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      Oh, wait, I just noticed you said Parasolid. I only tried saving as IGES and importing it back, but it almost always had rebuild issues. I just looked now and Parasolid is a different file type, I thought it's just a generic term for Step, Iges. Will try your method asap. Thanks a lot, again! Very helpful.
       
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      Parasolid is the file type that is the most "native" to Solidworks.
      An analogy I use: Solidworks files are like native Photoshop files, with history and layers. A Parasolid is a bitmap that has the same exact pixels but flattened, a STEP is a png, an IGES is a jpg, a STL is a GIF.
       
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      Wow, now I understand, thanks for the explanation. The method worked like a charm!
       

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