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How to convert STEP (.step,.stp) 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.

     

STEP

STEP is the defacto 'go-to' MCAD translation file format when you do not have access to the original CAD part and assembly files. It is a long standing 'industry standard' that can be used to move MCAD/CAD file assets into many downstream 3D programs and file formats. Okino's PolyTrans|CAD provides for a defacto 3D STEP file conversion solution used by the world's primary & professional engineering, aerospace, military, corporate, animation/multi-media and VR/AR industries. STEP uses the .stp and .step file extensions.

STEP files are readable ASCII files which encode CAD parts and assembly information. Most respectable MCAD modellers will actively and correctly support the STEP AP203 and AP214 file formats. STEP was originally developed to supercede the IGES file format but has mostly supplemented but not replaced IGES. You would either want to export a "STEP AP214" file or an "IGES BREP solids" file depending on the MCAD modeller.

A much deeper overview plus explanation of STEP, and how it can be best used + understood, is outlined in this Okino WEB page.

Most people initially come to Okino asking for a STEP importer but it should only be used in specific situations as outlined in our "CAD Data Sourcing Suggestons and Rules".

     

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.