The Parasolid model viewer enables anyone to view and measure a Parasolid model at no cost, and with no requirement for a third-party application.
Parasolids behave differently than STEP. Parasolid allows for surface edges to be defined by adjacent faces. STEP files have rigid, curve-based definitions of face edges. Generally, parasolid is better in SW, as SW is driven by the Parasolid kernel.
Now Blender works with meshes, and Onshape with parasolid, a parametric 3d-modelling format. So somehow the parametric file has to be translated to a mesh. This can't be done by blender AFAIK because it only seems to support importing meshes.
Parasolid is a widely used geometry kernel. D-cubed's 2D DCM and 3D DCM are constraint managers. Siemens licenses these components to practically every CAD company—in addition to using them in Siemens' own NX and Solid Edge products. This makes them the most widely used CAD components in the world.
How to Open an X_T File. X_T files can be opened with Siemens PLM Software called Parasolid. It works on Windows, Linux, and Mac computers. Some other CAD programs that can use this file include Autodesk Fusion 360, VectorWorks, SolidView's Parasolid Viewer, Kubotek's KeyCreator, Actify, and 3D-Tool.
In the case of OCC's parasolid importer, the OCC core engine, that we use in FreeCAD, is open-source, but they also sell several "add-ons", such as this one. These are unfortunately not open-source and we cannot use them.
What file formats will FreeCAD import? Many of the models on this site are also available in common formats like Iges, Step, Parasolid, SAT... As long as FreeCAD will import some of the common translation formats, you should be OK.
Parasolid is a geometric modeling kernel originally developed by Shape Data Limited, now owned and developed by Siemens Digital Industries Software, which can be licensed by other companies for use in their 3D computer graphics software products.
Parasolid files are used by the geometric modeling kernel currently owned by Siemens and used in CAD, CAD exchange, CAM, CAE, and product visualization. Licensed and used in over 350+ applications such as NX, SolidWorks, SolidEdge, MasterCAM, Onshape, and others.
The Parasolid translator exports SolidWorks part or assembly documents as Parasolid text files or binary files. Binary files are smaller than text files, but binary files are not supported in some target applications.
STEP files can be imported using the STEPper addon. If you do not have the add-on, then the STEP file will need to be converted as another 3D file format, such as an STL or an obj, and then imported into Blender as those file formats. STEP files cannot be exported from Blender.
The Parasolid translator exports SOLIDWORKS part or assembly documents as Parasolid text files or binary files. Binary files are smaller than text files, but binary files are not supported in some target applications.
AP203 defines the geometry, topology, and configuration management data of solid models for mechanical parts and assemblies. This file type does not manage Colors and Layers. AP214 has everything a AP203 file includes, but adds colors, layers, geometric dimensioning and tolerance, and design intent.
File created by Parasolid, a program for CAD geometric modeling; contains data such as geometry, topology, and color; designed as a standard exchange format for sharing CAD models; saved in binary format and may be imported or exported by other common CAD programs.
It can be used Interactively or in a batch mode, from a standard G.U.I Interface. If you wish to visualise and interrogate the Parasolid files this can be done by using the integrated CADviewer product, which is included with CADverter. CADverter reads and writes CATIA V5 and Parasolid data and converts all geometry.
Fusion 360 does not support exporting a design in the parasolid format. However, you can import a parasolid file into Fusion.
About Data Exchange Between Parasolid and Creo. You can import Parasolid parts and assemblies and export Creo parts and assemblies to the Parasolid format. You can use profiles for the import and export tasks.
CATIA stands for Computer Aided Three-Dimensional Interactive Application. It's much more than a CAD (Computer Aided Design) software package. It's a full software suite which incorporates CAD, CAE (Computer-Aided Engineering) and CAM (Computer-Aided Manufacture).
A STEP file is a 3D model file formatted in STEP (Standard for the Exchange of Product Data), an ISO standard exchange format. It contains three-dimensional model data saved in a text format recognized by multiple computer-assisted design (CAD) programs.
Step with Colors
From the 3D-View simply select (in the tree-view) the solid(s) to export and select "File -> Export". In FreeCAD 0.15 and above, by selecting "Edit -> Preferences" and then "Import-Export" in the left column you should have access to Step-Options such as units, scheme and Header Information.
Besides FreeCAD's own file format, files can be exported and imported in DXF, SVG (Scalable Vector Graphics), STEP, IGES, STL (STereoLithography), OBJ (Wavefront), DAE (Collada), SCAD (OpenSCAD), IV (Inventor) and IFC.
The next time FreeCAD starts new import formats for ACIS' SAT (*. sat) files and Autodesk Inventor's IPT (*. ipt) files as will be available and supported import formats.
STEP AP 242 is the better format, because it combines both AP 203 and AP 214. Because it is future proof for MBD/MBE workflows, it's the preferred format. The ISO/TC 184/SC 4 (the STEP governing committee) has withdrawn from doing future work with AP 203 and AP 214.
Yes, there's no difference between STEP and STP, they're the same format. All you need to do is rename the file you export from F360 from .