That is a Pro/E file format. Do you have Solidworks or acces to Solidworks? SW will open Pro/E files.
ProE Wildfire is from Pro Engineer not SolidWorks. ProE and Solidworks are probably the most common mechanical CAD packages. Try searching for ProE on the net, they probably have a free viewer.
Hi, Steve and David. Thanks for your replies.
@Steve: I don't have Solidworks. I may be able to scare up an engineer who does, but if I can find a simpler solution I'd much prefer that. I didn't realize that there was a marked difference between ProE and Solidworks (for some reason I had it in my head that the companies had merged). If I can find a forum similar to this for ProE that also would be a good place to post these questions.
@David: I did download what I gather to be a third-party viewer: http://www.edrawingsviewer.com/pages/products/ProEngineerPublisher.html I downloaded the viewer only, but it could not read these files. I've gathered that the ".1" on the end is a version number that Wildfire appends automatically. However when I renamed a file to remove that number, it was still unreadable by this viewer.
@Both: Still digging. But your tips have helped me narrow my search. Any other advice (from you or from others) would still be much appreciated.
For academic use I believe you can get access to Delcam's PowerSHAPE-e for free: http://www.powershape.com/
Also, Adobe Acrobat Pro Extended can read Pro/E files. If someone in your organization has that (try the marketing or graphic design department!) they can open it. http://www.adobe.com/products/acrobatproextended/features/
I know you can download a trial version of Adobe Acrobat Pro Ext. for 30 days. If that meets your short term needs.
Also, get rid of the .1 at the end of the filename. those are sequential file extensions for saving backup copies of parts. you just need the .prt extension
That did it, Charles. Thanks!
Edrawings is capable of opening pro/E part and assembly files (not drawing files). Do you get an specific error message when trying to open a .prt file in edrawings?
*Edit: Or maybe only e-drawings professional has this capability?
Near as I can tell, only Professional can do that. At least, the free viewer that I downloaded from that site could not.
However Charles Culp's suggestion of Acrobat Pro Extended did work. It took a while to download and install the trial version, but it was able to open the files and save them as PDFs that lower versions of Acrobat can read.
Interestingly, the 3D and rotation info is retained in the PDFs. It's pretty cool, actually.
So thanks, everyone!
Hello! My name is Paul and I am a technical writer, not an engineer. I joined this forum because I'm looking for information that I hope you all can help me find.
As part of a documentation project, I've been handed a number of files that all have filenames of the form ######_####.prt.1. None of my applications can open these files, but I was able to get in using a small utility that views files at the code level. There, I found the following line:
#Pro/ENGINEER TM Wildfire 2.0 (c) 2004 by Parametric Technology Corporation All Rights Reserved. M290
That's what led me here. I'm assuming that Wildfire is the application that was used to develop these files.
I don't need to edit the files; I just need to read them. Can any of you recommend a viewer/reader for files of this format?
NOTE: I did do a little research before posting here. I downloaded the Solidworks eDrawing Viewer, but it wasn't able to open the files either.
Any help would be much appreciated!