Learn about the current status of STEP files and their limitations.
- [Instructor] One of the most common file types we run across when downloading imported geometry is the STEP file format. This is probably the most available file format that you're going to come across. Let's go to Wikipedia to see a quick definition. The main thing that we have to know is that this is a 3D CAD structure this is currently being supported and comes out with new versions every few years. The STEP file can house 3D or 2D information in a vendor neutral format that makes it great as a universal file type to be shared across many platforms and many users.
When looking through common websites from vendors, like Parker Hannifin, McMaster-Carr, or any other hardware supplier, for example, you will definitely run across the STEP file as an option for downloading. In the upcoming lessons, you can look into how to handle the STEP file appropriately.
- Opening files from different versions of SOLIDWORKS
- Importing models from online sources
- Importing 3D files
- Importing 2D files
- Exporting 2D and 3D files