Jig Pro Tutorial

Import 3D models and CAD Files

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The Jig Workshop's model library contains a wide array of 3D models for you to create Jigs from, but you also have the option to import your own 3D content into Jig.

The JigSpace Workshop supports the 3D model formats:

  • OBJ
  • FBX

and on the Jig Pro License we also support:

  • STEP/STP
  • STL
  • SolidWorks

Importing OBJ & FBX Files

To import a 3D model:

  1. Press the Add Object {icon-add-object.svg} button on the left menu to open the object library.
  2. Select the blue icon to ‘Use my own 3D Objects’.
  3. Select your object file and load it from your folders into the platform.
  4. You will be able to customize and explore your 3D object in the workshop, and
  5. When you’re ready you can tap on the AR Mode {icon-ar.svg}

Texture Support

One of the advantages of the OBJ and FBX formats is that they support UV maps.

This means that if you’ve created a UV map you will be able to add your own textures to your models inside the Jig Workshop. You’ll find the texture options in the Color {icon-colour.svg} tool on your toolbar.

Jig Workshop Pro Formats

The Jig Pro subscription allows industry professionals in machining and manufacturing operations, to bring their 3D designs straight into the JigSpace workshop to view them in augmented reality.

To provide a seamless experience, as a part of our import process your models scale will automatically be adjusted to fit the scene in JigSpace, and any inverted Normal’s will be corrected.

Importing STEP Files

STEP files are a widely accepted format for exchanging 3D product model data in the computer aided design (CAD) industry. The main 3D software packages that support exporting STEP files are professional manufacturing programs like SolidWorks and Fusion 360.

The process of importing STEP file is the same as any other object file.

  1. Press the Add Object {icon-add-object.svg} button on the left menu to open the object library.
  2. Select the blue icon to ‘Use my own 3D Objects’.
  3. Select your STEP file and load it from your folders into the platform.
  4. You will be able to customize and explore your 3D object in the workshop, and
  5. When you’re ready you can tap on the AR Mode {icon-ar.svg}

Importing STL files

An STL file is the most common file type used professionally in 3D printing, and rapid prototyping. The STL files contain surface geometry data of an object without containing any of color or texture data.

  1. Press the Add Object {icon-add-object.svg} button on the left menu to open the object library.
  2. Select the blue icon to ‘Use my own 3D Objects’.
  3. Select your STL file and load it from your folders into the platform.
  4. You will be able to customize and explore your 3D object in the workshop, and
  5. When you’re ready you can tap on the AR Mode {icon-ar.svg}

Importing SolidWorks files

If your company uses SolidWorks in its manufacturing and design processes, these files can be directly imported into Jig Pro. This saves time getting a mechanical engineer to locate the correct assembly or parts and export to STEP or OBJ.

Follow the instructions below to upload your SolidWorks files.

Single .SLDPRT file

  1. Press the Add Object {icon-add-object.svg} button on the left menu to open the object library.
  2. Select the blue icon to ‘Use my own 3D Objects’.
  3. Select your .SLDPRT file and load it from your folders into the platform.

Single .SLDASM file

At JigSpace we only support importing these standalone .SLDASM files saved with the following Solidworks versions: 2005, 2006, 2009 - 2015, 2017 - 2020.

.SLDASM files often refer to other .SLDPRT files or .SLDASM files as part of a project. In this case uploading a single standalone .SLDASM may have missing parts from the model. Consider uploading each .SLDASM file and their parts as a zip as described below.

  1. Press the Add Object {icon-add-object.svg} button on the left menu to open the object library.
  2. Select the blue icon to ‘Use my own 3D Objects’.
  3. Select your .SLDASM file and load it from your folders into the platform.

Single .SLDASM with many .SLDPRT files

This is the most common format for SolidWorks projects, and requires an extra step to prepare your files to upload.

  1. Locate the folder or directory containing the files you want to upload on your computer.
  2. Make sure only one .SLDASM assembly is included with other .SLDPRT files.
  3. zip the contents of this folder.
  4. On Mac, zip with this terminal command [zip -r data.zip . -x ".DS_Store" -x "__MACOSX"] (to avoid zipping some hidden files)
  5. Rename the extension of this file from .zip to .sldz.
  6. Upload to the workshop via the standard procedure above.

The JigSpace workshop currently only supports ONE SolidWorks assembly or sub-assembly per .sldz upload. If your SolidWorks project has multiple .SLDASM assemblies and sub-assemblies, consider uploading them individually with their respective .SLDPRT parts to the Jig Dashboard library.

Batch Importing SolidWorks files

Jig Pro users can upload multiple 3D objects in a batch, via the Jig Dashboard. If you use this batch functionality for individual SolidWorks files they will always load in the workshop at 0,0,0 coordinates.

However if you wish to have multiple .sldprt files load in the workshop in a relative position to each other (and not all at 0,0,0) be sure to import them via the Multiple file .sldz project format above.

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