CATIA V5/ V6: Saving a File in an Applications Non Native Format

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Many different applications typically own their own file format. In the majority of cases, application developers allow users to also save their files in different formats, typically in ISO Standard formats.

Many different applications typically own their own file format. In the majority of cases, application developers allow users to also save their files in different formats, typically in ISO Standard formats.

For example, Dassault Systèmes  CATIA V5 CAD Application has a native part file format of .CATPart, but the application allows users to save the part as a .STEP file format, an ISO 10303 standard allowing exchange of CAD data using a common file type. Most, if not all, other CAD packages are developed to read this file type too.

One of the more common questions received from users about applications is whether or not they can save in a particular file format. Although this blog post does not outline the formats each and every application can save in, it sure does highlight how a user can easily determine what format their application of choice can save in.

Below find images showing you how you can save a file in another format using File > Save-as, Export, or similar. We will have a look at Microsoft Office, SOLIDWORKS, CATIA V5, CATIA V6 and Midas NFX.

The following is applicable for Windows based applications only and have been illustrated using Microsoft Windows 7 Professional.

Microsoft Office (Illustrated using Word 2007):

*The following is only true for Office 2007 products.

  1. Select the Office Icon*
  2. Select “Save As”
  3. Select “Other Formats”
  4. Under “Save as type”, select the required file type before clicking save

CATIA V5 Save As Screenshot

Dassault Systèmes SOLIDWORKS (Illustrated using Solidworks 2013):

  1. Hover over the Solidworks Icon and select “File”
  2. Select “Save As”
  3. Under “Save as type”, select the required file type before click save.

CATIA V5 Save as screenshot

Midas NFX (Illustrated using Midas NFX 2014R1):

  1. Hover over the Midas Icon
  2. Select “Export”
  3. Select the type of file to Export.

CATIA V5 Save As Screenshot

Dassault Systèmes Abaqus CAE (Illustrated using Abaqus CAE  6.13-4):

  1. Select “File”
  2. Select “Export”
  3. Select Export type

CATIA V5 Screenshot

Dassault Systèmes CATIA V5 (Illustrated using CATIA V5-6R2012):

*The file types a user can save in is licence dependant in CATIA V5, for example a user wanting to save as a .STEP file type requires a STP Licence.

  1. Select “File”
  2. Select “Save As”
  3. Under “Save as type”, select the required file type before click save*.

CATIA V5 Save As Screenshot

Further How-tos:

Dassault Systèmes CATIA V6  (Illustrated using CATIA V6R2013x): Saving a CATIA V6 file as a standard CAD file format

  1. Ensure the part/assembly/etc is propagated.
  2. Select “PLM Access”
  3. Select “Export”
  4. Under “Save as type”, select the required file type before click save.

CATIA V5 Save As Screenshot

Dassault Systèmes CATIA V6  (Illustrated using CATIA V6R2013x): Saving a CATIA V6 file as a CATIA V5 file type

  1. Ensure the part/assembly/etc is propagated.
  2. Select “PLM Access”
  3. Select “Export to CATIA File”
  4. “Close” the information dialog
  5. Under “Convert”, select the CATIA V5 Release level to convert to
  6. Select the output directory of the CATIA V5 file and supporting files
  7. Select “Run”

CATIA V5 Save As Screenshot

For further support please get in touch

Amit Patel
Senior Engineer