CAD Specification Chart

CAD File Formats

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Associative Read via Linked CAD System
AutoCAD® (.dwg, 3D only) 2016, 2017Yes
Inventor® (.ipt, .iam) 2016, 2017Yes
PTC® Creo® Parametric™ (.prt, .asm) 2.0-4.0Yes
PTC® Pro/ENGINEER® (.prt, .asm) Wildfire 4.0, 5.0; PTC® Creo® Elements/Pro 5.0Yes
Revit® and Revit® Architecture (.rvt) 2016, 2017Yes
Solid Edge® (.par, .asm) ST8, ST9Yes
SOLIDWORKS® (.sldprt, .sldasm) 2016, 2017Yes
Modify via Linked CAD System
AutoCAD® (.dwg, 3D only) 2016, 2017Yes
Inventor® (.ipt, .iam) 2016, 2017Yes
PTC® Creo® Parametric™ (.prt, .asm) 2.0-4.0Yes
PTC® Pro/ENGINEER® (.prt, .asm) Wildfire 4.0, 5.0; PTC® Creo® Elements/Pro 5.0Yes
Revit® and Revit® Architecture (.rvt) 2016, 2017Yes
Solid Edge® (.par, .asm) ST8, ST9Yes
SOLIDWORKS® (.sldprt, .sldasm) 2016, 2017Yes
Read from File, CAD
ACIS® (.sat, .sab, .asat, .asab) up to 2017 1.01YesYesYesYesYesYesYesYesYes
AutoCAD® (.dwg) versions 2.5-20162YesYesYesYesYesYesYesYesYes
AutoCAD® DXF (.dxf, 2D) up to R14Yes
AutoCAD® DXF (.dxf, 3D) versions 2.5-20162YesYesYesYesYesYesYesYesYes
CATIA® V5 (.CATPart, .CATProduct) R8-R25, 20163YesYes
COMSOL Native Format (.mphtxt, .mphbin)Yes
IGES (.igs, .iges) up to version 5.3YesYesYesYesYesYesYesYesYes
Inventor® assemblies (.iam) versions 11, 2008-20172YesYesYesYesYesYesYesYesYes
Inventor® parts (.ipt) versions 6-11, 2008-20172YesYesYesYesYesYesYesYesYes
NX® (.prt) up to version 114YesYesYesYesYesYesYesYesYes
Parasolid® (.x_t, .xmt_txt, .x_b, .xmt_bin) up to V29.1YesYesYesYesYesYesYesYesYes
PTC® Creo® Parametric™ (.prt, .asm) versions 1.0-3.0YesYesYesYesYesYesYesYesYes
PTC® Pro/ENGINEER® (.prt, .asm) versions 16 to Wildfire 5.0YesYesYesYesYesYesYesYesYes
SOLIDWORKS® (.sldprt, .sldasm) versions 98-20172YesYesYesYesYesYesYesYesYes
STEP (.step, 3D geometry only) AP203, AP214YesYesYesYesYesYesYesYesYes
STL (.stl)Yes
VRML, v1 (.vrml, .wrl)Yes
Read from File, ECAD
GDSII (.gds)Yes
NETEX-G (.asc)Yes
ODB++(X) (.xml)Yes
ODB++® (.zip, .tar, .tgz, .tar.gz)Yes
Read from File, Geographic Information System (GIS)
Digital Elevation Map (DEM)Yes
Write to File
ACIS® (.sat, .sab) R4, R7, and 2016 1.0YesYesYesYesYesYesYesYesYes
COMSOL Native Format (.mphtxt, .mphbin)Yes
DXF (.dxf, 2D only)Yes
Parasolid® (.x_t, x_b) V29.1YesYesYesYesYesYesYesYesYes
STL (.stl)Yes

Geometric Modeling

Booleans and Partitions
Boolean Operations using the Parasolid® KernelYesYesYesYesYesYesYesYesYes
ComposeYes
DifferenceYes
IntersectionYes
Partition DomainsYes
Partition EdgesYes
Partition FacesYes
Partition ObjectsYes
UnionYes
CAD Defeaturing, 3D
Delete FacesYesYesYesYesYesYesYesYesYes
Delete FilletsYesYesYesYesYesYesYesYesYes
Delete Short EdgesYesYesYesYesYesYesYesYesYes
Delete Sliver FacesYesYesYesYesYesYesYesYesYes
Delete Small FacesYesYesYesYesYesYesYesYesYes
Delete SpikesYesYesYesYesYesYesYesYesYes
Detach FacesYesYesYesYesYesYesYesYesYes
CAD Repair, 3D
Knit to SolidYesYesYesYesYesYesYesYesYes
RepairYesYesYesYesYesYesYesYesYes
Conversions
Convert to COMSOL Native Geometry Representation from Parasolid® Representation, 3DYesYesYesYesYesYesYesYesYes
Convert to CurveYes
Convert to PointYes
Convert to SolidYes
Convert to SurfaceYes
MidsurfaceYes
SplitYes
ThickenYes
Geometric Primitives, 2D
Bezier PolygonYes
CircleYes
EllipseYes
Interpolation CurveYes
Line SegmentYes
Parametric CurveYes
PointYes
PolygonYes
RectangleYes
SquareYes
Geometric Primitives, 3D
Bezier PolygonYes
BlockYes
ConeYes
CylinderYes
Eccentric ConeYes
EllipsoidYes
HelixYes
HexahedronYes
Interpolation CurveYes
Line SegmentYes
Parametric CurveYes
Parametric SurfaceYes
Parasolid® Based Geometric Primitives, 3DYesYesYesYesYesYesYesYesYes
PointYes
PolygonYes
PyramidYes
SphereYes
TetrahedronYes
TorusYes
Geometry Operations, 2D
ChamferYes
Cross Section of 3D ModelYes
Delete EntitiesYes
Edit ObjectYes
FilletYes
Import Contour Plot as Interpolation CurveYes
TangentYes
Geometry Operations, 3D
Cap FacesYesYesYesYesYesYesYesYesYes
ChamferYes
Delete EntitiesYes
ExtrudeYes
FilletYes
LoftYes
RevolveYes
SweepYes
ExpandWork PlaneYes
Geometry Sequences and Programming
Delete SequenceYes
Insert SequenceYes
ExpandProgrammingYes
Parts
Create PartYes
Load PartYes
Part LibrariesYes
Selections
Adjacent SelectionYes
Ball Selection (3D)Yes
Box SelectionYes
Complement SelectionYes
Cumulative SelectionYes
Cylinder SelectionYes
Difference SelectionYes
Disk Selection (2D)Yes
Explicit SelectionYes
Intersection SelectionYes
Union SelectionYes
Transforms
ArrayYes
CopyYes
MirrorYes
MoveYes
RotateYes
ScaleYes
Virtual Operations
Automatic Removal of DetailsYes
Collapse EdgesYes
Collapse FacesYes
Form Composite DomainsYes
Form Composite EdgesYes
Form Composite FacesYes
Ignore EdgesYes
Ignore FacesYes
Ignore VerticesYes
Merge EdgesYes
Merge VerticesYes
Mesh Control DomainsYes
Mesh Control EdgesYes
Mesh Control FacesYes
Mesh Control VerticesYes

Geometric Modeling Kernel

COMSOL Multiphysics Native KernelYes
Parasolid® Kernel (CAD Kernel) YesYesYesYesYesYesYesYesYes

LiveLink™ Interface

General Functionality
Associative Read of 3D Geometry via Linked CAD SystemYesYesYesYesYesYesYes
Automatically Keep Track of Synchronized FileYesYesYesYesYesYesYes
Generate Selections in Model Based on Architectural Elements in CAD FileYes
Generate Selections in Model Based on Material Settings in CAD FileYesYesYesYesYesYes
Generate Selections in Model Based on User Defined Selections in CAD FileYesYes
Modify Geometry via Linked CAD SystemYesYesYesYesYesYesYes
Synchronization of Curve and Point Geometric ObjectsYesYesYes
Synchronization of Mass ElementsYes
Turn on/off Associativity for Faces/Edges/VerticesYesYes
Turn on/off Synchronization of Object TypesYesYesYesYesYesYes
ExpandLink CAD Parameters to COMSOL ModelYesYesYesYesYesYesYes
One Window Interface
Create COMSOL Models in CAD System's User InterfaceYesYes
Open Native COMSOL (.mph) Files (3D only) in CAD SystemYesYes
ExpandSave COMSOL (.mph) files from CAD SystemYesYes
Supported CAD Systems
AutoCAD® 2016, 2017Yes
Inventor® and Inventor® Professional 2016, 2017Yes
PTC® Creo® Parametric™ 2.0-4.0Yes
PTC® Pro/ENGINEER® Wildfire 4.0, 5.0; PTC® Creo® Elements/Pro 5.0Yes
Revit® 2016, 2017Yes
Solid Edge® ST8, ST9Yes
SOLIDWORKS® 2016, 2017Yes

Mesh File Formats

File Export
COMSOL Native Format (.mphtxt, .mphbin)Yes
NASTRAN (.nas, 2D and 3D)Yes
STL (.stl)Yes
File Import
NASTRAN (.nas, .bdf, .nastran, .dat, 2D and 3D)Yes
STL (.stl)Yes
VRML, v1 (.vrml, .wrl)Yes

Meshing

Finite Element Geometrical Shapes
HexYes
Line/CurveYes
PrismYes
PyramidYes
QuadYes
TetYes
TriangleYes
General Functionality
Geometry for Mesh ControlYes
Ignore Selected Geometry (Meshing on Virtual Geometry)Yes
Incremental Mesh BuildYes
Meshing SequenceYes
Multiple MeshesYes
Operations, 2D
Boundary Layer MeshingYes
Convert to Triangular MeshYes
Copy Domain MeshYes
Copy Edge MeshYes
Copy from Other MeshYes
Edge MeshingYes
Mapped MeshingYes
Mesh AdaptationYes
Reference Meshing SequenceYes
Refine MeshYes
Unstructured Quad MeshingYes
Unstructured Triangular MeshingYes
Operations, 3D
Boundary Layer MeshingYes
Combine Hexahedral/Prismatic Mesh with Tetrahedral MeshYes
Copy Domain MeshYes
Copy Edge MeshYes
Copy Face MeshYes
Copy from Other MeshYes
Edge MeshingYes
Mapped Surface MeshingYes
Mesh AdaptationYes
Reference Meshing SequenceYes
Refine MeshYes
Swept MeshingYes
Unstructured Quad MeshingYes
Unstructured Tetrahedral MeshingYes
Unstructured Triangular MeshingYes
Operations, Imported Meshes
Create Geometry from MeshYes
Create VertexYes
Delete EntitiesYes
Detect FacesYes
FinalizeYes
ImportYes
Join EntitiesYes
Partition by BallYes
Partition by BoxYes
Partition by CylinderYes
Partition by Logical ExpressionYes
Parts
Create PartYes
Sizing
Corner RefinementYes
DistributionYes
Scale of Referenced SizesYes
SizeYes
Size ExpressionYes
Visualization and Statistics
Mesh PlotYes
Quality MeasuresYes
StatisticsYes
  1. File import of the ACIS® file format up to version 2017 1.0 is available only on a supported Windows® operating system or macOS. File import of the ACIS® file format up to version 2016 1.0 is available on all supported operating systems.
  2. File import of the AutoCAD®, Inventor®, and SOLIDWORKS® file formats is available only on a supported Windows® operating system.
  3. Requires all indicated products. The File Import for CATIA® V5 add-on to the CAD Import Module, Design Module, and LiveLink™ products for CAD is only available for Windows® 7, Windows® 8.1, and Windows® 10.
  4. File import of the NX™ file format up to version 11 is available only on a supported Windows® operating system. File import of the NX™ file format up to version 10 is available only on a supported Windows® or Linux® operating system.