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Converting 3D CAD files

The 3D-Tool Premium version also features the 3D-NativeCAD Converter to convert 3D CAD files into common 3D exchange formats.

The 3D-NativeCAD Converter (3D-Tool Premium only)

The converter simplifies the data exchange with customers and suppliers whose file formats are not supported by the existing CAD system.

3D CAD file formats supported by the 3D-Native CAD Converter

Features of the 3D-NativeCAD Converter

The 3D-NativeCAD Converter converts 3D CAD models of the CAD systems CATIA, Pro/Engineer, Creo, UG/Siemens NX, SolidWorks, SolidEdge and Inventor to CATIA V4/V5, STEP, IGS, VDA, SAT/SAB, X_T, or STL.

For assemblies particular parts and subassemblies can be selected or deselected for conversion in the model tree.

The file version of the output file can be selected, when converting to CATIA V5, SAT, SAB, and X_T.

For SolidWorks and Creo models, existing Configurations and Simplified Representations can be selected for conversion.

Additional converter options allow filtering points, curves, and hidden elements during conversation.

Supported file formats
Limitations of the converter

Screenshot of the 3D-NativeCAD Converter

The GUI of the 3D-Native CAD Converter

Conversion with the 3D-Tool CAD Viewer

Any version of the 3D-Tool CAD viewer supports saving a 3D model as STL, VRML, 3DS, PLY, OBJ or U3D file, or to publish it as 3D PDF file. The quality of the required triangulation and thus the size of the output file are controlled by the values set for the chord height and angle control when opening a CAD model.