Adding Future Version Files as Components in an Assembly

In SOLIDWORKS 2013 or later, you can use parts and assemblies from the current release of the SOLIDWORKS software as components of an assembly in Service Pack 5 of the previous release.

Interoperability is only supported between consecutive releases. For example, you cannot open a SOLIDWORKS 2014 file in SOLIDWORKS 2012 Service Pack 5.

In Service Pack 5 of the previous release, in an assembly, you can do the following:

  • Mate the future version SOLIDWORKS component or subassembly to other components.
  • Add a Bill of Materials that includes future and current version components.
  • Suppress and unsuppress future version components.
  • Create a drawing of the assembly that includes both future version and current version components.
  • Use interference detection when mating future version and current version components.
  • Mirror and pattern future version components.
  • See and reference default planes and origins of the future version part or subassembly.
In multi-configuration models, for each configuration that you want to access in the older release, configuration data must first be generated and saved in the newer release.
Previous release interoperability does not work with SOLIDWORKS 2014. You cannot open files from SOLIDWORKS 2015 in SOLIDWORKS 2014 Service Pack 5.