An Error was Encountered … DON’T PANIC – SOLIDWORKS ASSEMBLY #SOLIDWORKS

“An error was encountered while trying to open your file. Contact Technical Support for a possible solution”

There is nothing like an Assembly not opening and a warning error message making an appearance to send a mild panic through you.

What to do?  Is a question you see posted on the SOLIDWORKS Forum occasionally.  Especially from those not on a current subscription!

I have seen this error a few times over the years.  My experience with the message have occurred when we have been working on a reasonably large assembly on one computer and go to open it on another of our computers.

Once you get over the initial panic there is a simple procedure to work through the issue.       Select the Assembly required to be Opened.  Look for the Configuration box, select and change Default to Advance and then select Open.   This will open a new window dialogue box – Configure DocumentSelect New configuration showing Assembly structure only.  This will create a new configuration.  Name the configuration something that is easily recognizable and select OK

The Assembly will now Open.   All parts and sub-assemblies will be Suppressed.    It is then just a case of Unsuppressing each of the individual parts or sub-assemblies one at a time.

I’ve never had a situation where a part or sub-assembly didn’t Unsuppress.

After I have unsuppressed all the parts & sub-assemblies I have been able to Saved the assembly.  I would then open each of the parts & sub-assemblies from the Assembly, rebuild each and save.     Once all appears to working correctly I delete the created configuration.

However if a part or sub-assembly didn’t unsuppress then at least, you hopefully, will have found the cause of the problem.   If it is a sub-assembly then you can work through the same procedure until again, hopefully,  you can isolate the problem to an individual part!

Hopefully you will never experience the Error message.   But if you do, hopefully this will help you panic just a little less!

 

 

4 responses to “An Error was Encountered … DON’T PANIC – SOLIDWORKS ASSEMBLY #SOLIDWORKS

  1. Thanks for the insight. Now I just have to spend my days checking out parts, opening them., wafting for them to rebuild and save them. Honestly, these work-arounds are non-starters for companies that make large assemblies or use document control or have large data-stores of files. I can’t afford to take my operation off line every time a new release comes out so that I can resave the 30K+ files I have in my datastore. File corruption is an issue Solidworks Corp needs to take much more seriously. The tools included with Solidworks are not adequate.

  2. This is great but doesn’t work for an assy drawing…the assy opens but the error comes opening the slddrw of the assy and you don’t have the config option. Thoughts?

    • Jim,
      I must admit I have never had the problem of not being able to open a Drawing file.
      Have you opened the Assembly first? I would have thought that if the Assembly was open and if you them tried to open the Drawing, if should have less issues as it is holding the components in Memory. You are right there is no configuration option. There is a sheet option, if you have multiple sheets.
      What warning do you get with the drawing. The same as with an Assembly if it will not open?

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