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Overview of CAD formats supported in Inventor 2015 (import/export).

A - answer Autodesk Inventor 2015 (incl. its versions in Autodesk Design Suites) supports import and export of broad range of CAD formats. Version 2015 contains (besides its native data formats) translators for these "foreign" and neutral CAD formats and format versions (data import/export, new formats compared to 2014 are highlighted):

AutoCAD 2D/3D (*.dwg, *.dxf)R12-2015R12-2015
Alias (*.wire)version 10 and newer-
CATIA V4 (*.CATPart, *.CATProduct, *.model)all versions-
CATIA V5 (*.CATPart, *.CATProduct)V5-V62013 (R6-R23)V5-V62013 (R10-R23)
IGES (*.igs)all versions5.3
JT Precise (*.jt)7.0, 8.0, 8.1, 8.2, 9.0, 9.1, 9.2, 9.3, 9.4, 9.5, 10.07.0, 8.0, 8.1, 8.2, 9.0, 9.1, 9.2, 9.3, 9.4, 9.5, 10.0
Parasolid (*.x_b, *.x_t)up to version 26.09.0-26.0
Point-clouds.rcs (+ formats from ReCap)-
Pro/ENGINEER Creo (*.prt, *.asm)up to version Wildfire 5.0 and Creo Parametric 1.0,2.0-
Pro/ENGINEER Granite (*.g)up to version 8.01.0-8.0
Pro/ENGINEER Neutral (*.neu) allall
Revit (*.rvt, *.rfa).rvt up to version 2015.rfa 2015
Rhino (*.3dm)1.0 - 5.0-
SAT (*.sat)4.0-7.07.0
SolidWorks (*.prt, *.sldprt, *.asm, *.sldasm)2001 Plus - 2014-
STEP (*.stp, *.ste)AP214, AP203E2AP214, AP203E2
STL (*.stl)allall
UGS NX (*.prt)Unigraphics V13 up to NX 8.5-

Additional formats are available as add-on translator plugins (e.g. VRML - .wrl; GEO - .geo; XGL).

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applies to: Inventor 2015 ·

See also:
Tip 10495:Support of STEP AP242 and STPZ in Inventor 2016.
Tip 10303:Overview of CAD formats supported in Inventor 2016 (import/export).
Tip 9965:How to create a 360° spherical panorama of your CAD model?
Tip 9661:Where to find the Portable license utility (PLU) in AutoCAD 2010, 2012, 2014 and higher?
Tip 9528:Using Autodesk Fusion 360 as a CAD converter.

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