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EFM utilizes SolidWorks as its main CAD tool. This software is very versatile and able to handle most formats. Please use the following guidelines when submitting your files:

Drawings:

Leave drawings in the format the original system uses. For AutoCAD this is the .DWG format. If for some reason this does not work try .DXF. In most cases .DXF is less likely to work than the original drawing format.

3D Models:

Leave in the format the original system uses. If this does not work use .SAT if software is ACIS based or .STEP if originating software is Parasolid based. If the originating software format did not work and no one knows the base geometry “kernel”, use .STEP for the first choice.

Preferred File Formats:

2D DXF/DWG: Input and Output for Revisions 12, 13, 14, and 2000 of AutoCAD
3D DXF: Input
STEP: Input and Output for AP203, Input for AP214
IGES: Input and Output
STL: Output (Rapid Prototyping)
X_B (Parasolid Binary): Input and Output using the Parasolid Kernel file format
X_T files: Input and Output using the Parasolid Kernel file format
TIF image: Output
Mechanical Desktop Files: Input
Autodesk Inventor Part Files: Input
SolidEdge Part Files: Input
XML: Output