What File Types Can SolidWorks Export?
When working with SolidWorks, it’s important to know the different file types that can be exported. Whether you need to share your design with a colleague, a client, or use it in another software application, SolidWorks offers a variety of export options to meet your needs.
1. 3D CAD File Formats
If you want to export your SolidWorks design as a 3D CAD file, you have several options:
- SolidWorks Part (*.sldprt): This is the default file format for individual part files in SolidWorks.
- SolidWorks Assembly (*.sldasm): This format allows you to export an assembly of multiple parts, including their relationships and constraints.
- SolidWorks Drawing (*.slddrw): This file type is used for exporting drawings created in SolidWorks.
2. Universal 3D Formats
If you need to collaborate with users who don’t have access to SolidWorks, exporting your design in a universal format is crucial. Here are some widely supported universal 3D formats:
- STEP (*.step, *.stp): STEP files are widely used for exchanging CAD data between different software applications.
- IGES (*.iges, *.igs): IGES files are another common format for sharing CAD data across various platforms.
- Parasolid (*.x_t, *.x_b): Parasolid is a powerful and versatile format that supports both solid and surface modeling data.
3. 2D Drawing Formats
If you need to export your SolidWorks drawings in a format suitable for 2D viewing or printing, consider the following options:
- Adobe Portable Document Format (*.pdf): PDF files are universally recognized and can be easily viewed and printed on any device.
- DWG (*.dwg): DWG is a file format commonly used in the architecture, engineering, and construction industries.
- DXF (*.dxf): DXF files are widely supported by CAD software and can be easily imported into other applications.
4. Other Export Options
SolidWorks also provides additional export options for specialized purposes:
- Stereolithography (*.stl): STL files are commonly used for 3D printing applications.
- eDrawings (*.eprt, *.easm, *.edrw): eDrawings is a viewer that allows users to share and collaborate on SolidWorks designs without needing the full software.
- Hypertext Markup Language (*.html): HTML files allow you to export your design as an interactive webpage with embedded 3D models.
SolidWorks offers a wide range of export options to ensure seamless collaboration, compatibility, and sharing of your designs. Whether you need a specific CAD format, a universal file type, or want to create interactive webpages, SolidWorks has got you covered. Take advantage of these export options to make your design accessible to others and integrate it into their respective workflows with ease.