Transform your 2D ideas and designs into 3D models with our product. Universal Viewer not only enables you to digitally design, visualize, and simulate your most complicated models, it also makes the transition possible from 2D to 3D design and engineering processes.


Viewer & Converter

As a comparison, 2D CAD drawing is geometry-driven while a 3D CAD drawing is dimension-driven. A 2D CAD drawing shows length and height but not depth. 3D CAD drawings include length, height, and depth to more fully and realistically represent the actual shape of the object.

In terms of design, 2D CAD drafting is the process of using software to draw 2D technical plans or outlines for a product, building, part or other types of object. By contrast, 3D CAD modeling is the process of using software to create a mathematical representation of a 3D object or shape. The created object is called a 3D model and these three-dimensional models are used in a variety of industries.



3D Files

  • CATIA V6, R2013 – R2020, with PMI display (*.CATPart, *.CATProduct, *.cgr, *.3dxml)
  • CATIA V5, V5R8 – V5-6R2020, with PMI display (*.CATPart, *.CATProduct, *.cgr, *.3dxml)
  • CATIA V4, 4.1.9 – 4.2.4 (*.model, *.exp, *.session)
  • Pro/Engineer, Creo, 16 – Creo 6.0, with PMI display (*.prt, *.asm, *.xpr, *.xas)
  • Autodesk Inventor, 6 – 2020 (*.ipt off Inventor 6, *.iam off Inventor 11)
  • SolidWorks, 98 – 2020, with PMI display for 2014 and newer (*.sldasm, sldprt)
  • SolidEdge, 18 – 2020 (*.par, *.psm, *.asm)
  • UG/Siemens NX, 11 – 18, NX – NX 1899, with PMI display (*.prt)
  • Rhino, Version 2 – 6 (*.3dm)
  • JT, V8-V10, V10.2, V10.3, V10.5 (*.jt)
  • DWG, 2.5 – 2020 (*.dwg)
  • DXF, 2.5 – 2020 (*.dxf)
  • STEP files (*.stp, *.step, *.stpZ)
  • IGES files (*.igs, *.iges)
  • VDA files (*.vda)
  • SAT files (*.sat)
  • PARASOLID files (*.x_t; *.x_b)
  • STL files (*.stl)
  • VRML1, VRML2 files (*.wrl)
  • Render files (*.slp)
  • PLY files (*.ply)
  • XGL files (*.xgl *.zgl)
  • OBJ files (*.obj)
  • 3DS files (*.3ds *prj *.pli)
  • ASC files (*.asc)
  • Inventor files (*.iv)
  • 3D-Tool files (*.ddd)
  • 3D-Tool EXE files (*.exe)

2D Files

  • CATIA V6 drawing files, R2013 – R2020 3D (*.CATDrawing)
  • CATIA V5 drawing files, V5R8 – V5-6R2020 (*.CATDrawing)
  • SolidWorks drawing files, 2013 – 2020 (*.slddrw)
  • DXF files (*.dxf)
  • DWG files, up to DWG 2018 (*.dwg)
  • HPGL files (*.plt, *.plo, *.hpg)


  • 3D-Tool EXE (*.exe), 3D and 2D data incl. Viewer
  • 3D-Tool files (*.ddd), 3D and 2D data
  • 3D-PDF files (*.pdf) triangulated 3D models
  • CATIA V5 files, V5R15 – V5-6R2020 (*.CATpart, *.CATproduct)
  • CATIA V4 files (*.model)
  • STEP files (*.stp), 3D-STEP models
  • IGS files (*.igs), 3D-IGES models
  • VDA files (*.vda), 3D-VDA models
  • SAT/SAB files, V7 – R2020 (*.sat, *.sab), 3D-SAT models
  • X_T files, V12 – V32 (*.x_t), 3D-X_T models
  • STL files (*.stl), triangulated 3D models
  • VRML 2.0 files (*.wrl), triangulated 3D-models
  • PLY files (*.ply), triangulated 3D models
  • 3D-Studio files (*.3ds), triangulated 3D models
  • OBJ files (*.obj), triangulated 3D model
  • U3D files (*.u3d), triangulated 3D models