Importing a CAD part

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Frequently, nTop workflows begin with CAD inputs. The software can import many native and generic CAD file types. This article lists options for importing 3D CAD geometry and makes suggestions for optimal workflows. Parasolid formats tend to yield the most dependable results. CAD and STEP inputs of single-part or multi-body files are also typically robust. For assembly files, we suggest exporting to Parasolid with a flat assembly hierarchy. Import Part supports the following file types:

File Type File Extension Versions
ACIS .sat and .sab R1 - 2019 1.0
CATIA V5 .CATPart V5 R8 - V5-6 R2019
PTC Creo  .prt 1.0 -  6.0
Autodesk Inventor .ipt V11 - 2019
Siemens NX .prt 11 - NX1847
Parasolid .x_t and .x_b 9.0 - 31.1.188
SOLIDWORKS .sldprt 98 - 2019
STEP  .step and .stp AP 203, AP 214, AP252

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