Faultless manufacturing that corresponds precisely to customer needs requires drawings to be exchanged. For the actual manufacturing process and the provision of samples, they must be complete, printable drawings. These contain details on all properties describing the product, such as dimensions, tolerances, material and special requirements.
If possible, neutral, easily printable data formats should be chosen for the exchange of these drawings, ideally, pdf or .tif. (created directly from the customer’s CAD system, but not scanned).
For toolmaking and creating CAD programs, additional CAD files are often needed. At ISOWA, we can import and process the most common CAD formats.
3D models can be imported directly from the following CAD systems:
- SolidWorks (.sldprt or. sldasm)
- Catia V5 (.CATPart or .CATProduct)
- ProE (.prt or.asm)
- Inventor (.ipt or .iam)
- Solid Edge (.prt or.asm)
In addition, the two following formats can also be saved from almost all CAD systems and imported by us:
- STEP (.stp or .step)
- IGES (.igs or .iges)
CAD files are extremely helpful, and for tool making, they are absolutely essential. However, they are no substitute for actual drawings, as they contain no information whatsoever on (test) dimensions, tolerances or materials.