What file types can nTopology import and export?

Question:

Can nTopology export STEP files? Can users export to CAD?  What file types can I import?

Answer:

CAD Geometry

Mesh Geometry

Finite Element Data

Lattice Structure

Point Data

Voxel Grid

Slices

 

CAD Geometry

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:

File Type File Extension Versions
ACIS .sat and .sab R1 - 2021 1.0
CATIA V5 .CATPart V5 R8 - V5-6 R2021
PTC Creo  .prt WF3 - Creo 7.0
16 - WF2
Autodesk Inventor .ipt

V7 - 2021

V6

Siemens NX .prt

6 - NX 1926 Series

NX1 - NX5

Parasolid .x_t and .x_b 9.0 - 33.0.x
SOLIDWORKS .sldprt 98 - 2021
STEP  .step and .stp AP 203, AP 214, AP252
CAD File types available for Import

Export:

File Type File Extension
Parasolid .x_t and .x_b
STEP 242 .step
CAD File types available for Export

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Mesh Geometry

Import & Export: 

File Type File Extension
STL .stl
OBJ .obj
Standard Polygon File Format .ply
3MF .3mf
Mesh file types available for Import and Export

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Finite Element (FE) Data

Import:

File Type File Extension Notes
Abaqus .inp The format supports node, element, face, and edge sets.
ANSYS Mechanical .cdb Format only supports node and element sets.
ANSYS Fluent .msh Only mesh export is currently supported.
LS-DYNA .k  
Nastran .bdf  
Patran .pat  
Universal File Format .unv  
FE Data file types available for Import

Export: To see a full overview of what data is supported for export, go here

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Lattice Structure

Import & Export:

File Type File Extension
Lattice Graph Interchange Module .ltcx
3MF .3mf
Lattice file types available for Import and Export

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Point Data

Import & Export:

File Type File Extension
Comma Separated Values .csv
Point Data file types available for Import and Export

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Voxel Grid

Import & Export:

File Type File Extension
VDB .vdb
Voxel Grid file types available for Import and Export

 

 

Slicing for Additive Manufacturing

Import

File Type File Extension
Common Layer Interface .cli
Slicing file types available for Export

Export:

File Type File Extension
Common Layer Interface .cli
Common Layer File .clf
Renishaw CLI .cli
Renishaw Point Data .csv
EOS CLI .cli
Arcam ABF .abf
Stratasys Layer .ssl
B&W Image Stack .png
Slicing file types available for Export

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  • Wide variety of possibilities. Thank you for info.

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