SOLIDWORKS 3D Interconnect

3D Interconnect uses improved translators and workflows providing faster performance and better quality for working with third-party CAD data.

You can:
  • Open the proprietary 3D CAD format in the SOLIDWORKS software with its associative link to the original part.
  • Update changes in the SOLIDWORKS file if you update the proprietary CAD data in its authoring application by maintaining all downstream features created in SOLIDWORKS.
  • Break the link of the inserted part file with the original part file.
3D Interconnect supports the following formats and their versions:
Formats File Formats Format Versions
ACIS .sat, .sab, .asat, .asab R1 – 2023 1.0
Autodesk® Inventor

.ipt (V6 – V2021)

.iam (V11 – V2021)

11 – 2023
CATIA® V5 .CATPart, .CATProduct V5 R8 to V5-6 R2023
DXF™/ DWG™ .dxf, .dwg 2.5 – 2023
IFC .ifc, .ifczip IFC 2x3, IFC 4
IGES .igs, .iges Up to 5.3
JT .jt JT 8.x, 9.x, 10, 10.1, 10.2, 10.3, 10.518, and 10.619, and 10.719
PTC® Creo .prt, .prt.*, .asm, .asm.* Pro/ENGINEER® 16 – Creo 10.0
Solid Edge® .par, .asm, .psm V18 – SE 2023
STEP .stp, .step AP203, AP214, AP242
NX™ software .prt UG 11 – NX 2306
CATIA® V5-SOLIDWORKS Translator is available with SOLIDWORKS Premium.
When importing these file formats, SOLIDWORKS uses the latest conversion technology even if you clear Enable 3D Interconnect in Tools > Options > System Options > Import:
  • ACIS™
  • Autodesk Inventor®
  • CATIA® V5
  • PTC Creo®
  • IFC
  • IGES
  • Solid Edge®
  • STEP
  • NX™ software
  • xDesign SLDXML