Supported File Types

The following file types are supported in Paperless Parts for viewing and quoting:

Standard Brep:
  • Step
  • Iges
  • JT (Jupiter Tessellation)
Converted Brep:
  • ipt (Autodesk Inventor)
  • sat (Spacial ACIS)
  • 3dm (Rhino)
  • catpart (Catia)
  • par (Solid Edge)
  • x_b (Parasolid)
  • x_t (Parasolid)
  • sldprt (SolidWorks)
  • prt (PTC Creo Parametric)
Vector:
  • DXF (Standard / AutoCAD)
  • DWG (Many / AutoCAD)
Mesh:
  • STL (Standard)
  • 3MF (Standard)
  • 3DXML (Catia)
  • 3D PDF (Adobe)
Pack-and-go:
  • ZIP file with:
    • sldprt and sldasm (SolidWorks)
    • prt and asm (PTC Creo)
    • catpart and catproduct (Catia)
    • ipt and iam (Inventor)

You can upload other file formats but they will not be viewable in the system.

Use a format we don't support? Contact support@paperlessparts.com and let us know.

For Best Results, Use STEP and Native CAD File Formats

When quoting, upload STEP files or native CAD file formats like SLDPRT from SolidWorks to maximize the geometric analysis done to power your quotes.

Uploading Pack-and-go Assemblies

Paperless Parts supports the upload of pack-and-go assemblies within a ZIP file from SolidWorks, PTC Creo, Catia, and Inventor. Either collect all associated model and assembly files into a folder and compress that folder into a ZIP file (SolidWorks: sldprt and sldasm, PTC Creo: prt and asm, Catia: catpart and catproduct, Inventor: ipt and iam) or use built-in pack-and-go functionality:

SolidWorks

Go to File > Pack-and-go > Configure with the settings highlighted in red below > Save

Inventor

Go to File > Save As > Pack-and-go > Configure with the settings highlighted in red below  > Search Now > Start

PTC Creo and Catia

Similar to the SolidWorks and Inventor steps, pack-and-go should be found either in the File drop down or in File > Save As options. Ensure you are saving the package as a ZIP file, and make sure to include all components.

Limitations with Mesh and Surface CAD Formats

CAD file formats like STLs and IGES are not analyzed as deeply by the Paperless Parts platform because they only contain mesh and surface information that cannot be interpreted for our manufacturing analysis. Ask your customer for a STEP file instead.

Note: Converting an STL or IGES to a native or neutral CAD format will not work either. The STEP must be exported from the native CAD format.

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