Importing Pro/ENGINEER and Creo Parametric Part Files

To import a Pro/ENGINEER or Creo Parametric part file into SOLIDWORKS:

  1. Click Open (Standard toolbar) or File > Open.
  2. Browse to a file, and click Open.
  3. In the dialog box, set Files of type to ProE Part (*.prt;*.prt.*;*.xpr).
  4. In the Pro/E & Creo to SOLIDWORKS Converter dialog box, set these options:
    Option Description
    Import geometry directly Imports a model without features, either as a solid or surfaces.
    • BREP. Imports the model as a solid using Boundary Representation data. In general, BREP mode is faster than Knitting, especially for complex models.
    • Knitting. Attempts to knit surfaces during import. Select Try forming solid model(s) to form solids (rather than surface bodies).
    • Do not knit.
    Analyze the model completely Determines the number of features that SOLIDWORKS can recognize and import.
    Import material properties  
    Import sketch/curve entities  
    Import geometry from hidden sections  
  5. Click OK.
    If you select Import geometry directly, SOLIDWORKS imports the model. If you select Analyze the model completely, SOLIDWORKS parses the imported file and redisplays the Pro/Engineer to SOLIDWORKS Converter dialog box with a summary of the features and surfaces recognized and the following options:


    Imports the model and attempts to recognize features. Attempt to correct invalid features attempts to correct problems such as reversed extrusions.


    Attempts to import the model as a solid using Knitting. Attempt to correct invalid features has no effect.

    Generate translation report

    If you select Features, generates a report that includes the features plus the recognition and import status.

  6. Click Features or Body to begin importing the part.
  7. In the Translation Report:
    • Print
    • Copy
  8. Close the dialog box to finish importing the part.