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Import CAD files

Import CAD files please!

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Dean shared this idea  ·   ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
started  ·  AdminJeanette Mathews (Product Manager, Dimension) responded  · 

Hi everyone! I wanted to let you know that we’ve started work on supporting more file formats. We won’t be able to address all of them at the same time. Our initial new formats we’re looking to support will be:


When these are available on prerelease I will post an update here with an invitation for you to come try it out! Thank you for the feedback!


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  • Mathew Alexander commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    I would also agree that step and iges are vital for Dimension. Step in particular for me. Step files are hands down the most common exchange file type for CAD models from what I seen, having worked in engineering design for the past 10 years. Are there any updates on step files being added to Dimension please? (rough implementation dates perhaps?)

  • Paul Koch commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    Any update on step/iges import? I make my models in Fusion and now I can only import the separate parts.

  • AdminJeanette Mathews (Product Manager, Dimension) commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    Hey LP, not sure I understand. You have a rendered image from another program and want to import it to Dimension as a background. That part I got! Yes you can!

    Then, once you import the image as a background you want to change the image in certain areas? Color of fabric, etc? If that's the case, unfortunately not. That's a 2D image editing operation, which is something that would be great for Photoshop. Dimension only edits 3D models and materials.

  • LP commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate


    Could you please let me know if I have an existing rendering image not created by Dimension and add as a background, can I edit an object within the background?
    Ex. change fabric, color of an object, pattern of a rug?

  • Dante J commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    It would be fantastic to support NURB geometry from CAD applications, such as Fusion 360

  • Andre commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    Live link to software like CATIA / Solidworks / Rhino / Fusion 360 would be super helpful. Being able to do quick edits to CAD without having to re-import has been one of the greatest time savers of keyshot.

  • Andre commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    I would love to see Solidworks part and assembly support as well as step and stl

  • jmlg12 commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    I may agree with Step files, but I'm less sure for STL...
    Stl is fine for 3D printing, but for Rendering there is no information either for normals nor textures...

  • dan commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    You can export to OBJ and import... could have more file type support though.

    .step and .stl are pretty common and would open up huge libraries of available cad models.

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