It was interesting to watch a little stampede develop by 3D systems. Most of the Prospects were asking for compatibility with other 3D CAD formats! Significantly, these included in the release of AlibreTranslate, a new product Alibre launched tucked into Alibre Design for free. There are some cool features offered by the new AlibreTranslate.

Alibre Translate is a separate add-on which allows you to extend your import capability to include native files from nearly all popular CAD applications:

  • Dassault SolidWorks .sldprd 3D model files and .sldprt assembly files
  • Dassault CATIA V5 .CATPart model files and .CATProduct assemblies
  • EDS/UGS/Siemens Solid Edge 3D .par parts and .asm assemblies
  • Autodesk Inventor .ipt parts and .iam 3D assemblies
  • PTC Pro Engineer & Wildfire .prt models and .asm assemblies, also .xpr & .xas
  • Parasolid: v18 (*.x_t, *.x_b, *.xmt_txt, *.xmt_bin)


AlibreTranslate also offers a range of automated model check, stitching and healing functions with the software. This assures closed manifold 3D objects which can be edited directly in Alibre as solid models. Unit’s conversion between English Imperial and Metric are also included. Alibre 3D CAD already supports Rhino 3DM, AP 214 STEP, ISO IGES, Spatial (Dassault) ACIS SAT for translation to progeCAD, AutoCAD, TurboCAD as well as native AutoCAD DWG file support. Enabled with the optional AlibreTranslate license, a CAD designer can import almost any mainstream CAD model and edit it.

AlibreTranslate also exports to write directly to:

  • SolidWorks 3D model file .sldprt format
  • Parasolid: v18 (*.x_t, *.x_b, *.xmt_txt, *.xmt_bin)

AlibreTranslate uses a fast intermediate STEP conversion to import the final solid volumes from the various 3D CAD formats, and the included adjustable healing algorithms help assure design integrity – as shown in this perfectly imported and beautifully rendered Pro Engineer model assembly below:


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