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How to Import any CAD File into the MachineBuilder

Whether you want to validate your robot’s workspace or visualize all connection points of your equipment to your assembly, it is now faster than ever to insert your own 3D models into your Vention design.

Breanne 838cc05c38c0a6e5463d41a35eaf9f906baae66a3727cc65ff58be449642d9c9 Bre Hargreaves Head of Customer Success / Feb 19th, 2018

The great benefit of MachineBuilder being a cloud-based platform is that whenever and wherever you use it, you are guaranteed to be working with the latest release – no software update required. One of the new features that was introduced with the end of Open-Beta is the Import feature, now supporting native 3D file formats from the vast majority of CAD softwares such as SolidWorks, Catia, Autodesk Inventor, Creo/Pro-Engineer, SolidEdge, etc.

Whether you want to validate your robot’s workspace or visualize all connection points of your equipment to your assembly, it is now faster than ever to insert your own 3D models into your Vention design.

How Can I Import my CAD files into my Design?


Importing parts in Vention is simple: start by going to your Vention Assembly in MachineBuilder and clicking on the Import icon located in the bottom menu, highlighted in green below.


A form will appear in a new window, asking you to select a file and listing all the supported formats.


At this stage, you are also choosing between two different levels of privacy:

  1. Private: only visible to people who have access to the design (Design Lead and Collaborators)
  2. My Company: visible to all users from the same company (only available when My Company is activated)
After clicking on the green “Import” icon, the part will appear in your Parts Library, under the Imported Parts category. You can then select the appropriate model and drag it into your assembly like any other Vention component.

If you want to know about the full possibilities of the Import feature, check out the video on Vention’s YouTube channel, here.

New: Now Import any Part Directly from Your Favorite CAD System


CAD software can export in a variety of 3D file formats: STEP, STL, IGES, etc. When translating to these universal file formats, there is always a possibility of loosing data. The resulting files are also large and take some time to create. To allow users to quickly import their models into Vention without having to go through the tedious transition via a temporary file, we are now introducing the possibility to import your models in your favorite CAD system’s native format:

  • SolidWorks (.sldprt)
  • CATIA (.catpart)
  • Solid Edge (.par)
  • Unigraphics-NX (.prt)
  • Autodesk Inventor (.ipt)
  • Creo - Pro/E (.prt)

Of course, you also have the option to import in STEP or STL. Your design possibilities now extend far beyond the Parts Library. You can now instantly visualize your own components side-by-side with Vention Parts, directly from your favorite CAD system.

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