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How to convert Autodesk Inventor (.iam,.ipt) to 3MF?


PolyTrans|CAD+DCC performs mathematically precise CAD, DCC/Animation, GIS and BIM 3D file conversions into all key downstream 3D packages and file formats. Okino software is used and trusted throughout the world by many tens of thousands of 3D professionals in mission & production critical environments, backed by respectable personal support directly from our core development team.

     

Autodesk Inventor

Autodesk Inventor is Autodesk's main MCAD "BREP solids" modelling software program which has competed with its rivals of SolidWorks, ProE/Creo, Solid Edge, Unigraphics NX (and partly) CATIA v4/v5 since its original release in 1999.

The file formats of key importance would be ".ipt" which contains the geometry of each part/object in the scene, and, ".iam" files which contain the scene assembly information.

Conversion from Autodesk Inventor into Okino software is handled by these 3 ideal methods:

  • Via DWF-3D files exported from Inventor. This is the most ideal and "least mentally taxing" conversion method. It also supports material and texture map conversion.
  • Via native import of the .iam or .ipt files,
  • Via STEP AP214 or IGES 'BREP solids' files.

     

3MF

3MF, 3D Manufacturing Format, is a modern replacement for the legacy STL (StereoLithography) file format with an explicit focus on the proper transmission of CAD and non-CAD model data for 3D printing as well as to downstream services and platforms. From Okino's long term perspective, the VRML2 file format was and is "just as good" for such requirements but never had the correct understanding nor traction since its introduction in 1995.

Features of 3MF over the legacy STL format includes: geometry instancing support, layered texture maps, multiple layers of UV texture coordinates, vertex colors and extended material types.

History, features, overviews, implementation partners and more can be read on the 3MF Consortiumís web site.

Note: Microsoft Windows uses the 3D Manufacturing Format (.3mf) for all 3D printing tasks.

Please also refer to the 3MF export converter for more information related to 3MF.