Different modules of software support different CAD file formats. For example, in Pro Engineer, part module supports .prt, assembly module supports .asm file formats and so on. The scope of these discussions to the different CAD files formats used by Pro Engineer, SolidEdge and AutoCAD. The neutral CAD file formats used to exchange data between different CAD software will also be included to the scope of discussion.
CAD file formats supported by AutoCAD: AutoCAD is used mainly for 2D drafting, however 3D is also possible in AutoCAD. All AutoCAD drawing is by default saved in .dwg file format. However there are various tools available within AutoCAD by which drawing could be exported/converted/saved as to other 2D CAD file formats such as:
- How to use AutoCAD for creating file of DWF file format?
DWF stands for drawing web format. For creating DWF file format, one need to go to file>plot, in the plot device tab of it DWF eplot plotter need to be selected and after that file name and location need to be specified. The DWF file will be created at the specified location, once the OK button is pressed. DWF file format is suitable for web publishing of drawing.
- How to create file of DXF file format?
DXF is a text file, which contains all the necessary information of the drawing. DXF file is readable by most of the other CAD system or software. In other word DXF is a neutral 2D CAD file format. For creating DXF file, one need to do save as and change the save as type to DXF.
- How to create file of ACIS file format?
One need to go to file>export, the save as type options need to be changed to ACIS. Then by hitting the save button and selecting the objects of the drawing to be saved in this file format, the ACIS file will be generated.
How to create file of BMP file format?
BMP file can be created by exporting the drawing and changing the save as type to bitmap.