Saving files in ".ipt" and ".iam" format

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#1

Hello everyone,

Does anyone know how to convert or save sketchup files in “.ipt” and “.iam” format?

Best regards,
Berro747


#2

The ADesk Inventor file format (IPT = Inventor ParTs / IAM = Inventor AsseMbly) cannot be exported by SketchUp, use the DWG format (SU Pro version only) instead.


#3

Thanks sketch3d_de,

Luckily I have SketchUp Pro. I can open the DWG on AutoCAD and see it as a wire frame 3D object, but DWG in Inventor is a technical drawing. It is possible to convert a 2D drawing into a 3D object in Inventor, but you need 3 views. Additionally you lose surface material detail. Is there a way to petition Trimble to add “.ipt” and “.iam” formats in the export 3D model option?

Cheers,
Berro747


#4

When you export a 3D model from SketchUp to DWG, you get a full model. You are probably just viewing it in AutoCad in wireframe mode, but the faces are there as AutoCad polyface objects that will show up if you switch to a different display style. Material textures are the only thing not exported, for the simple reason that AutoCad doesn’t support them.

Anssi


#5

doesn’t make much sense because a) supporting native file formats of dedicated applications instead of common neutral file formats which can be used for a data exchange with every CAx application is much more expenditure for developing and maintaining and b) SketchUp is a mesh-based polygon modeler whereas CAD modelers as Inventor, SolidWorks, Alibre etc. are NURBS curves-based surface/solids modelers sothat the geometric data needs to be converted and not only the file format.


#6

Thank you Anssi and Sketch3d_de