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Mastering Autodesk® Inventor® 2012 and Autodesk® Inventor LT™ 2012 by Curtis Waguespack

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Chapter 14: Exchanging Data with Other Systems

Import and export geometry. In the design world today, you most likely need to transfer files to or from a customer or vendor from time to time. Chances are, the files will need to be translated to or from a neutral file format to be read by different CAD packages.

Master It You are collaborating with another design office that does not use Inventor. You are asked which you would prefer, IGES or STEP files.

Solution Request a STEP file over IGES when you have the choice. Take advantage of the extra intelligence related to assembly structure and filenames that can be retained in the STEP file format.

Use Inventor file translators. Inventor offers native file translators for CATIA, Pro/ENGINEER, ...

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