CAD Exchanger Adds Inventor Support and More

By on October 18th, 2021 in news, Software

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Using an Autodesk Inventor CAD file in CAD Exchanger [Source: CAD Exchanger]

The latest version of CAD Exchanger is now able to handle Autodesk Inventor files.

The Russian company released CAD Exchanger 3.10.1, which includes a number of new features, the most important of which is likely the ability to handle Autodesk Inventor files.

CAD Exchanger is a utility that’s able to import CAD files in a wide variety of formats and correctly export in alternative formats. This can be extremely useful when moving between different CAD tools, something that happens frequently when companies have merged or been acquired and there’s a difference of opinion on the CAD tool to be used.

CAD Exchanger explains:

”Having 7 native formats in its pocket, CAD Exchanger covered almost all the most common CAD formats, and Autodesk Inventor was the most prominent omission. Since version 3.10.1 the matter is closed: both extensions (.ipt, .iam) in versions 2015 – 2021 can now be imported, preserving B-Rep geometry, colors, names, and assembly structure.”

As of this release, CAD Exchanger is now able to handle the following file formats:

  • 3D PDF
  • 3DS
  • 3MF
  • ACIS
  • CATIA V5
  • CATIA V6
  • Collada
  • DWG
  • DXF
  • FBX
  • IFC
  • IGES
  • Inventor
  • JT
  • OBJ
  • Open CASCADE
  • PLY
  • PRC
  • PTC Creo
  • Parasolid
  • Rhino
  • STEP
  • STL
  • Siemens NX
  • Solid Edge
  • U3D
  • USD
  • VRML
  • X3D
  • glTF

That’s quite a list. You can find out more details on the specifics here.

In addition to the ability to import Inventor files, version 3.10.1 also includes:

  • SOLIDWORKS user-defined and validation properties import
  • IFC Global IDs import
  • Non-Unicode strings import
  • Improved spherical faces support in IGES and Parasolid
  • Visualization toolkit usability improvement

You might be concerned that a conversion might appear to be successful, but may not actually be correct. CAD Exchanger has an answer to that question:

“What’s more, with a new release it is possible to verify the correctness of the file conversion with the validation properties. CAD Exchanger imports values of volume, area, center of gravity, and bounding box from the SOLIDWORKS file. Then they can be compared with values computed from the resulting 3D model to ensure that the import was successful.”

If you’re looking for a tool to provide near-universal conversions between CAD file formats, you might want to check out CAD Exchanger.

Via CAD Exchanger

By Kerry Stevenson

Kerry Stevenson, aka "General Fabb" has written over 8,000 stories on 3D printing at Fabbaloo since he launched the venture in 2007, with an intention to promote and grow the incredible technology of 3D printing across the world. So far, it seems to be working!

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