10-20 years ago CAD design software was a relatively new technology but today there are so many different 3D CAD software packages out there it’s sometimes difficult to go from one to the other hence the need for file conversion. There are literally 100’s of different file extensions. Some of the basic file types that can be opened in virtually any 3D CAD package are STEP, STP, STL & IGES files. These can include a range of design types from basic 3 d renderings to patent drawings. The unfortunate thing is that these files have no intelligence and cannot be manipulated in the software it is opened in. With these types of files it is necessary to re-draw them in the native software or convert them to another software file extension.
Why is file conversion of CAD files important?
A STEP, STP, STL or IGES file is no different than a word document being saved as a PDF. The PDF cannot be changed and has no intelligence in it. It is a READ-ONLY file and if you want to manipulate it, it must be converted back to a word document. The same thing applies to a STEP, STP, STL & IGES file. A CAD designer must convert the file back to a 3D software file. Only then can the part be changed and re-designed.
File Types We Can Convert
- Paper drawing to CAD
- Convert 2D to 3D CAD Files
- Convert PDF to DWG
- Convert a JPEG image file to 3D CAD file
- Convert OBJ files to STL for 3D Printing
- Other standard 3D CAD file types we can convert are STP, STEP & IGES files
Software We Can Convert To/From
- Unigraphics NX
- Pro-E Wildfire
- Solid Edge
- And more!