1 Reply Latest reply on Sep 17, 2013 3:22 PM by Jeremy Feist

    Best File Type for Exporting and Maintaining Editability of Features

    David Jellinger

      What is the best file type to use when exporting parts for use in other 3D Modeling programs. I'm trying to send a colleague a part converted to a STEP file. That colleague can open it, but they complain that all of the features (revolve, extrude, fillet, etc) are missing as his program simply imports the part as a one-bodied solid. Is there any way to export a part for use in a different program that maintains the individual features/methods used to create the part?

        • Re: Best File Type for Exporting and Maintaining Editability of Features
          Jeremy Feist

          that will depend on the other user's CAD software. all of the neutral formats (step, iges, parasolid, etc.) will not tranfere features. a lot of CAD softwares can open native files directly, with varying amounts of success. see if he can open a SW file. that will be your only way to SEND features. some CAD software can take the geometry from an imported file (such as a step file) and deduce features for it (in SW this is called FeatureWorks). either way, you will be limited based on the CAD software at the other end.