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VRML Files (*.wrl)

VRML files can display 3D graphics over the Internet.


The VRML translator imports all VRML files as SolidWorks part documents. SolidWorks assembly files that you export as VRML files import into SolidWorks as part documents. The VRML translator attempts to knit the VRML polygons into a solid. There are no contoured surfaces in the imported file; all surfaces are planar. This import option is intended as a last resort for importing data into SolidWorks. In many cases (especially complex models) the data does not knit into a usable solid, and is useful for viewing purposes only.

 You have the option to import VRML files as graphical data, solids, or surfaces. When you import VRML files as graphical data, you can select the Import texture information check box to import texture information if this data exists.


The VRML translator exports SolidWorks part or assembly documents as VRML files. When you export as a VRML file, the SolidWorks software takes the View, Display, Section View option into account. If Section View is on, only the visible geometry is exported to the VRML file. This is different from the way the software behaves when you save documents as IGES, STEP, Parasolid, or ACIS files. When you export SolidWorks documents as VRML files, you can choose the version to export, VRML 1.0 or VRML 2.0 (VRML 97).

Version Information

The VRML translator supports all versions of VRML files up to and including VRML version 2.0 (VRML 97).

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