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Convert models from solidworks to collada

asked 2019-01-23 19:07:34 -0500

mohamad mahdavian gravatar image

updated 2019-01-23 19:27:18 -0500

Does anyone know how to convert solidworks model of a robot to collada(.dae) files and keep the kinematic joints and chain?!

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answered 2019-01-23 19:22:27 -0500

Geoff gravatar image

Google knows. :)

There are apparently numerous routes, the most commonly mentioned one being to export to STL and then convert from STL to Collada.

If your goal is to get the model into rviz or Gazebo, then you can also use the STL file directly.

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I know this method. I should correct my question. I need to convert a robot from solidworks to collada and keep the structure and kinematic joints and chain. STL removes the chain and joints. Is there any other way?!

mohamad mahdavian gravatar image mohamad mahdavian  ( 2019-01-23 19:26:46 -0500 )edit

I'm not familiar with how Solidworks stores kinematics information, but I suspect you will need to re-do it by hand in Gazebo's SDF format. Or you could write a converter, make it available for all, and become really popular.

Geoff gravatar image Geoff  ( 2019-01-23 19:34:11 -0500 )edit

answered 2019-01-24 02:56:51 -0500

gvdhoorn gravatar image

I'm not aware of any plugins for SolidWorks that support Collada kinematics. Unfortunately.

You might want to look in some of the plugins for SolidWorks and some Autodesk products that export directly to urdf/xacro.

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