BACKWORKS is a fully integrated SOLIDWORKS add-in that enables SOLIDWORKS to save files back into an older version (backwards compatibility).
Backwards compatibility of SOLIDWORKS files is a feature that has been requested for years.
Backwards compatibility enables saving 2017 files as 2016, 2015, 2014 or older versions of SW.
SOLIDWORKS has recently taken steps towards this direction: A SOLIDWORKS 2016 file can be opened in SOLIDWORKS 2015 SP5, for example.
But up until now there has been no attempt to develop a software that allowed saving back into older versions of SOLIDWORKS.
It adds in the SOLIDWORKS Save As menu the option Save As -> SOLIDWORKS “older version” (e.g. 2014), and stores the data as a .bkwprt (BACKWORKS Part Document).
On the receiving end of the file exchange, at the Open menu, it adds the option Open a .bkwprt file.
The procedure is as simple as that:
The BACKWORKS add-in needs to be installed in both versions of SOLIDWORKS
Check out the list below to see exactly which SOLIDWORKS features are supported in BACKWORKS 2016.
For the time being, BACKWORKS enables saving only Part documents into up to 5 versions back (up to SOLIDWORKS 2012) in both 32- and 64-bit operating systems.
BACKWORKS 2017 supports more than 90% of all SOLIDWORKS features.
2017 Features available in the upcoming 2017 version
The team behind BACKWORKS
Our team consists of Engineers and Developers working in the field of 3D modeling.
Being ourselves Mechanical Engineers we came across the problem of SOLIDWORKS backwards compatibility and decided to finally do something about it.
BACKWORKS is the result of our honest efforts in the past 18 months- the small, but growing team behind BACKWORKS has been working intensively on developing this software, while maintaining full-time jobs and families.
We sincerely hope that you find BACKWORKS useful and applicable to your company or personal workplace. We are looking forward to receiving your comments and suggestions, so do not hesitate to contact us.
Additionally, and since this is an entirely self-funded project, we would appreciate your support in form of a donation.
Please support us if you think BACKWORKS is on the right track solving the problem of SOLIDWORKS backwards compatibility
If you found BACKWORKS helpful, why not recommend it to your friends, colleagues or blog followers. There are many ways you can help our cause:
You may encounter a situation that is new to us; therefore we rely on your bug report in order to fix the issue.
Please be sure to include all of the necessary information needed to reproduce the issue, (i.e the error log) and even better, the failed file.
Additionally, please be on the lookout for any follow-up questions we may have.
There is always something that can be improved, so feel free to share your ideas with us. Your suggestions and constructive criticism are valuable
Last but not least, we encourage you to send us your feedback concerning which exact features (that suit your needs and personal CAD designing style) you would like to be included in a future version.