Import and Export File Version Information

SOLIDWORKS supports the following file types listed below for importing and exporting. SOLIDWORKS supports all versions for any file types not listed below.

File Type Supported Versions
3D XML You can export to 3D XML version 4.2 files.
ACIS (.sat) You can import ACIS .sat parts or assemblies files from R1 to 2023 1.0.

You can export to ACIS .sat parts or assemblies version 1.6 to 27.0 files.

Autodesk Inventor You can import all Autodesk Inventor parts or assemblies files from version 11 up to Inventor 2023.
CADKEY The CADKEY translator supports the import of surface or solid entities from CADKEY version 19 part or assembly files (.prt) and version 21 multibody part files (.ckd), including all later versions.
CATIA V5 You can import CATIA V5 parts or assemblies files from V5 R8 to V5–6 R2023.
The CATIA®V5-SOLIDWORKS Translator is available with SOLIDWORKS Premium.
DXF 3D (.dxf) You can import DXF 3D files from AutoCAD R14 and above.
DXF or DWG You can import .dxf or .dwg files from AutoCAD 2.5 to 2024.

You can export .dxf or .dwg files for use with AutoCAD 2013.

Highly Compressed Graphics (.hcg) You can export to CATIA .hcg version 5, release 9 files.
IFC You can import IFC2X3, and IFC4 .ifc parts or assemblies files.

You can export to IFC2X3 .ifc parts or assemblies files.

IGES You can import from or export to IGES .igs version 5.3 parts or assemblies files.
Mechanical Desktop (.mdt) You can import MDT translator parts or assemblies files from 4.0 to 2008.1.
Parasolid (.x_t, .x_b) You can import from or export to Parasolid parts or assemblies files up to 9.0 - 35.0.x.
PTC Creo You can import PTC Creo (Pro/ENGINEER) parts or assemblies files from 16 - Creo 10.

You can export to Creo parts or assemblies files up to version 20.

Rhino You can import Rhino .3dm files from 2 to 7.
Solid Edge You can import Parasolid from Solid Edge parts or assemblies files up to and including Solid Edge with Synchronous Technology 6. (V18 - SE 2023)
STEP You can import from or export to STEP Application Protocol AP203/214/242 parts or assembly files.
For import, Conformance Classes 1, 2 (surface data only), 4, 5, and 6 of AP203 are supported. For export, Conformance Classes 1, 4, and 6 of AP203 are supported.
STL You can import from or export to .stl version 1 parts or assemblies files.
Unigraphics/NX™ You can import Unigraphics parts or assemblies files from version 10 and higher, including an import of Unigraphics NX 9 files.
VDA-FS You can import from or export to VDAFS .vda version 2 part files.
VRML (.wrl) You can import from or export to all versions of VRML part or assembly files up to and including VRML version 2 (VRML 97).