You can replace an imported feature with geometry from a new file.
To edit a feature created from an imported
In the FeatureManager design tree, right-click the feature created
from the imported document, and select Edit
The Open dialog box
In the Files
of type list, select the desired format.
Browse to select the desired file to import.
The file name appears in the File
Select the Match
faces and edges check box, if desired. This does the following:
Propagates the dependencies of the old faces and
edges in the old body, such as sketches or features, to the new faces
and edges in the new body.
Ensures you get the correct results when you open
a file that has imported features.
An imported solid is replaced only if the data in the new document
can be successfully knitted into a body. A surface feature is replaced
with the first surface in the new document, and subsequent surfaces in
the new file are added to the model.
You can edit only
features that were created from an ACIS, Autodesk Inventor, IGES, Parasolid,
Pro/ENGINEER, Solid Edge, STEP, VDAFS, or VRML file.
If you had added features to the imported body before selecting Edit Feature, SolidWorks attempts to
rebuild these features whenever possible.
For example, this STEP file contains an imported feature. You need to
add a feature to the imported body.
Select the bottom face of the imported body.
Click Chamfer .
Under Chamfer Parameters,
make the desired settings and click OK
The imported body now shows the additional
chamfer feature on the bottom face.
Right-click Imported1 in
the FeatureManager design tree and select Edit
A message box appears warning that this feature has a parent/child
relation or is being referenced.
The Open dialog box appears.
Select the STEP file and
The STEP file opens with the imported
body. The chamfer feature that you added to the imported body is rebuilt.
You did not have to rebuild this feature that you had added to the imported
body before selecting Edit Feature.