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How to convert Pro/Engineer (ProE,Pro/E,.asm,.prt) to XGL (ZGL)?

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Creo is a family of Computer-aided design (CAD) apps supporting product design for discrete manufacturers and is developed by PTC. The suite consists of apps, each delivering a distinct set of capabilities for a user role within product development. They generally compete with SolidWorks, UG NX, CATIA, Solid Edge and Autodesk Inventor.

For over 3 decades Okino has been a primary conversion partner of PTC, especially for our core business focussing on the conversion of their native ProE/Creo (ASM and PRT) and ProductView (PVS, PVZ) files.

Their current product naming can be a bit confusing:

  • Creo Elements/Pro - previously Pro/Engineer
  • Creo Elements/Direct - previously CoCreate
  • Creo Elements/View - previously ProductView

Okino licenses the real and actual ProE/Creo runtime toolkits from PTC directly and hence can guarantee perfect file conversions. Suggested conversion methods include:

  • Via native 'Creo Elements Pro' (Pro/E) files, .asm and .prt.

  • Via PTC .neutral assembly and part files.

  • Via STEP and IGES files.

  • Via native ProductView PVS/PVZ files.



XGL/ZGL is a legacy 3D polygonal mesh file format that had been created by the RealityWave company in the late 1990s. AVEVA purchased RealityWave and integrated the file format into their PDMS products. Some other companies had added XGL/ZGL exporters into their software such as CATIA, MicroStation and Solid Edge.

As explained on the Okino ZGL import converter page, files can be imported from AVEVA PDMS via the ZGL file format and AVEVA's 'rvm2zgl.exe' program. However, in more recent years, you can export DWF-3D files from AVEVA PDMS and import those files directly into Okino software.