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blair
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Best format for neutral file format for exporting/importing 3D files

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09-25-2013 10:00 AM

What is the best export/import format for sending 3D files. I need someone to send be neutral format files, possibly Solidworks but I am not sure. Also any export settings to make sure I get decent quality files.

 

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Re: Best format for neutral file format for exporting/importing 3D files

09-25-2013 10:01 AM in reply to: blair

The best neutral format is STEP file.

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Re: Best format for neutral file format for exporting/importing 3D files

09-25-2013 10:21 AM in reply to: MariaManuela

MariaManuela wrote:

The best neutral format is STEP file.


Agree... we've had great success since using only STEP files.

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Re: Best format for neutral file format for exporting/importing 3D files

09-25-2013 10:31 AM in reply to: mpatchus

Thanks, just what I thought.

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Re: Best format for neutral file format for exporting/importing 3D files

09-25-2013 10:49 AM in reply to: mpatchus

I agree also, had SOME success with IGES, but STEP is the preferred format.

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09-25-2013 05:28 PM in reply to: blair
My vote is for step, as well.
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Re: Best format for neutral file format for exporting/importing 3D files

09-25-2013 11:14 PM in reply to: blair
I'll go with STEP as preferred neutral format too.

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Re: Best format for neutral file format for exporting/importing 3D files

09-26-2013 06:56 AM in reply to: -niels-

STEP hands down... I've had a few random problems with IGES... Never a problem with STEP

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Re: Best format for neutral file format for exporting/importing 3D files

09-26-2013 07:10 AM in reply to: mcgyvr

To be the black sheep, I tend to use IGES with our toolmaker (who uses Solidworks).  On the first project we worked together they had problems importing the STEP file I created so I tried IGES and it worked better; so we've stuck to that since...

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Re: Best format for neutral file format for exporting/importing 3D files

09-26-2013 07:24 AM in reply to: sam_m
When I ran SolidWorks I preferred step files.
I have found though that certain geometries for whatever reason don't like certain formats; sometimes you just have to try something else to get it to translate right.
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