What is a STEP file?

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A STEP file is used to share CAD files between different CAD programs that are not able to read each other’s native files.

Today, with the different CAD systems available, interoperability between different CAD solutions has become more and more essential. In fact, a STEP file (.step, .stp), which stands for Standard for the Exchange of Product model data, is recognized by all computer-aided design (CAD) programs.

The most common softwares to produce STEP files include SolidWorks, AutoCAD, Autodesk Inventor, Catia, PTC Creo and Onshape.

What is the main difference between source files and STEP files?

Source files are used when we design and draw products within CAD software. These designs are then shared with other CAD programs using STEP files, and not the original source files.

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