CAD Specification Chart

CAD File Formats

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Products
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Associative Read via Linked CAD System
AutoCAD® (.dwg, 3D only) 2013, 2014Yes
Creo™ Parametric (.prt, .asm) 1.0, 2.0Yes
Inventor® (.ipt, .iam) 2013, 2014Yes
Pro/ENGINEER® (.prt, .asm) Wildfire 4, 5; Creo™ Elements Pro 5Yes
Solid Edge® (.par, .asm) ST5, ST6Yes
SolidWorks® (.sldprt, .sldasm) 2013, 2014Yes
SpaceClaim® (.scdoc) 2012, 2012+Yes
Modify via Linked CAD System
AutoCAD® (.dwg, 3D only) 2013, 2014Yes
Creo™ Parametric (.prt, .asm) 1.0, 2.0Yes
Inventor® (.ipt, .iam) 2013, 2014Yes
Pro/ENGINEER® (.prt, .asm) Wildfire 4, 5; Creo™ Elements Pro 5Yes
Solid Edge® (.par, .asm) ST5, ST6Yes
SolidWorks® (.sldprt, .sldasm) 2013, 2014Yes
SpaceClaim® (.scdoc) 2012, 2012+Yes
Read, CAD
ACIS® (.sat, .sab, .asat, .asab) up to R23YesYesYesYesYesYesYesYes
CATIA® V5 (.CATPart, .CATProduct) R6-R22*YesYes
COMSOL Native Format (.mphtxt, .mphbin)Yes
Creo™ Parametric (.prt, .asm) versions 1.0, 2.0YesYesYesYesYesYesYesYes
DXF (.dxf, 2D only) up to R14Yes
IGES (.igs, .iges) up to version 5.3YesYesYesYesYesYesYesYes
Inventor® assemblies (.iam) versions 11, 2008-2013 YesYesYesYesYesYesYesYes
Inventor® parts (.ipt) versions 6-11, 2008-2013YesYesYesYesYesYesYesYes
Parasolid® (.x_t, .xmt_txt, .x_b, .xmt_bin) up to V26YesYesYesYesYesYesYesYes
Pro/ENGINEER® (.prt, .asm) versions 16 to Wildifire 5YesYesYesYesYesYesYesYes
SolidWorks® (.sldprt, .sldasm) versions 98-2013YesYesYesYesYesYesYesYes
STEP (.step, Geometry only) AP203, AP214YesYesYesYesYesYesYesYes
STL (.stl)Yes
VRML, v1 (.vrml, .wrl)Yes
Read, ECAD
GDSII (.gds)Yes
NETEX-G (.asc)Yes
ODB++(X) (.xml)Yes
ODB++® (.zip, .tar, .tgz, .tar.gz)Yes
Read, Geographic Information System (GIS)
Digital Elevation Map (DEM)Yes
Write
ACIS® (.sat, .sab)YesYesYesYesYesYesYesYes
COMSOL Native Format (.mphtxt, .mphbin)Yes
DXF (.dxf, 2D only)Yes
Parasolid® (.x_t, x_b)YesYesYesYesYesYesYesYes
STL (.stl)Yes

Geometry Modeling

Boolean Operations
Boolean Operations using the Parasolid® KernelYesYesYesYesYesYesYesYes
ComposeYes
DifferenceYes
IntersectionYes
PartitionYes
UnionYes
CAD Defeaturing, 3D
Delete FacesYesYesYesYesYesYesYesYes
Delete FilletsYesYesYesYesYesYesYesYes
Delete Short EdgesYesYesYesYesYesYesYesYes
Delete Sliver FacesYesYesYesYesYesYesYesYes
Delete Small FacesYesYesYesYesYesYesYesYes
Delete SpikesYesYesYesYesYesYesYesYes
Detach FacesYesYesYesYesYesYesYesYes
CAD Repair, 3D
Knit to SolidYesYesYesYesYesYesYesYes
RepairYesYesYesYesYesYesYesYes
Conversions
Convert to COMSOL Native Geometry Representation from Parasolid® Representation, 3DYesYesYesYesYesYesYesYes
Convert to CurveYes
Convert to PointYes
Convert to SolidYes
Convert to SurfaceYes
Geometric Primitives, 2D
Bezier PolygonYes
CircleYes
EllipseYes
Interpolation CurveYes
Parametric CurveYes
PointYes
PolygonYes
RectangleYes
SquareYes
Geometric Primitives, 3D
Bezier PolygonYes
BlockYes
ConeYes
CylinderYes
Eccentric ConeYes
EllipsoidYes
HelixYes
HexahedronYes
Interpolation CurveYes
Parametric CurveYes
Parametric SurfaceYes
Parasolid® Based Geometric Primitives, 3DYesYesYesYesYesYesYesYes
PointYes
PolygonYes
PyramidYes
SphereYes
TetrahedronYes
TorusYes
Geometry Operations, 2D
ChamferYes
Cross Section of 3D ModelYes
Delete EntitiesYes
Delete SequenceYes
Edit ObjectYes
FilletYes
Import Contour Plot as Interpolation CurveYes
Insert Sequence from FileYes
SplitYes
TangentYes
Geometry Operations, 3D
Cap FacesYesYesYesYesYesYesYesYes
Delete EntitiesYes
Delete SequenceYes
ExtrudeYes
Insert Sequence from FileYes
RevolveYes
SplitYes
SweepYes
ExpandWork PlaneYes
Geometry Sequences and Programming
Delete SequenceYes
Insert SequenceYes
ExpandProgrammingYes
Selections
Adjacent SelectionYes
Ball SelectionYes
Box SelectionYes
Complement SelectionYes
Cylinder SelectionYes
Difference SelectionYes
Explicit SelectionYes
Intersection SelectionYes
Union SelectionYes
Transforms
ArrayYes
CopyYes
MirrorYes
MoveYes
RotateYes
ScaleYes
Virtual Operations
Collapse EdgesYes
Collapse FacesYes
Form Composite DomainsYes
Form Composite EdgesYes
Form Composite FacesYes
Ignore EdgesYes
Ignore FacesYes
Ignore VerticesYes
Merge EdgesYes
Merge VerticesYes
Mesh Control DomainsYes
Mesh Control EdgesYes
Mesh Control FacesYes
Mesh Control VerticesYes

Geometry Modeling Kernel

COMSOL Multiphysics Native KernelYes
Parasolid® Kernel (CAD Import Module Kernel) YesYesYesYesYesYesYesYes

LiveLink™ Interface

General Functionality
Associative Read of 3D Geometry via Linked CAD SystemYesYesYesYesYesYesYes
Create Selections in Model Based on Material Settings in CAD FileYesYes
Create Selections in Model Based on User Defined Selections in CAD FileYes
Modify Geometry via Linked CAD SystemYesYesYesYesYesYesYes
Turn on/off Associativity for Faces/Edges/VerticesYesYes
ExpandLink CAD Parameters to COMSOL ModelYesYesYesYesYesYesYes
One Window Interface
Create COMSOL Models in CAD System's User InterfaceYesYes
Open Native COMSOL (.mph) Files (3D only) in CAD SystemYesYes
ExpandSave COMSOL (.mph) files from CAD SystemYesYes
Supported CAD Systems
AutoCAD® 2013, 2014Yes
Creo™ Parametric 1.0, 2.0Yes
Inventor® 2013, 2014Yes
Pro/ENGINEER® Wildfire 4.0, 5.0; Creo™ Elements/Pro 5.0Yes
Solid Edge® ST5, ST6Yes
SolidWorks® 2013, 2014Yes
SpaceClaim® 2012, 2012+ (requires the Data Exchange II module from SpaceClaim)Yes

Mesh File Formats

File Export
COMSOL Native Format (.mphtxt, .mphbin)Yes
NASTRAN (.nas, 2D and 3D)Yes
STL (.stl)Yes
File Import
NASTRAN Bulk Data (.nas, .bdf, .nastran, .dat)Yes
STL (.stl)Yes
VRML, v1 (.vrml, .wrl)Yes

Meshing

Finite Element Geometrical Shapes
HexYes
Line/CurveYes
PrismYes
PyramidYes
QuadYes
TetYes
TriangleYes
General Functionality
Geometry for Mesh ControlYes
Ignore Selected Geometry (Meshing on Virtual Geometry)Yes
Incremental Mesh BuildYes
Meshing SequenceYes
Multiple MeshesYes
Operations, 2D
Boundary Layer MeshingYes
Convert to Triangular MeshYes
Copy Domain MeshYes
Copy Edge MeshYes
Edge MeshingYes
Free Quad MeshingYes
Free Triangular MeshingYes
Mapped MeshingYes
Reference Meshing SequenceYes
Refine MeshYes
Operations, 3D
Boundary Layer MeshingYes
Convert to Tetrahedral MeshYes
Copy Domain MeshYes
Copy Edge MeshYes
Copy Face MeshYes
Edge MeshingYes
Free Quad MeshingYes
Free Tetrahedral MeshingYes
Free Triangular MeshingYes
Mapped Surface MeshingYes
Reference Meshing SequenceYes
Refine MeshYes
Swept MeshingYes
Operations, Imported Meshes
Create VertexYes
Delete EntitiesYes
FinalizeYes
ImportYes
Join EntitiesYes
Partition by BallYes
Partition by BoxYes
Partition by CylinderYes
Partition by Logical ExpressionYes
Sizing
Corner RefinementYes
DistributionYes
Scale of Referenced SizesYes
SizeYes
Visualization and Statistics
Mesh PlotYes
StatisticsYes
* = Requires all indicated products