Interoperability, eXchangers

CADMATIC software has been designed to be as open as possible, to allow smooth cooperation, integration, and interfacing with other technology suppliers and software systems. CADMATIC’s open database and numerous interoperability functions enable data to be easily transferred between systems. Documents for construction can be output in the most common formats, such as DWG and PDF, and delivered in the required manner. Various eXchangers provide possibility to exchange data between different software programs with options to include meta-data or keep level of reference models only. The list below provides information on supported software systems and file formats, with additional details about the level of interoperability in each specific case.

Software (Printable page)

AutoCAD® (Download eXchanger for AutoCad) Import | Export

2D documents can be directly imported/exported to/from the design applications with inbuilt converters. For importing/exporting 3D you need to install  AutoCAD ARX plugin by CADMATIC called “eXchanger for AutoCAD”. It is also possible to use AutoCAD as a bridge between CADMATIC and other 3D CAD for 3D import/export. 

The eXchanger can be downloaded for free from our download page. You need to register first, before you are forwarded to the download page.

NOTE! CADMATIC eXchanger for AutoCAD is compatible with AutoCAD 2007 - 2017 software versions.

Interoperability, eXchangers AutoCAD

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Aveva/PDMS® Import | Export

There are three possible levels of interoperability:

  • conversion of model for 3D viewer (eBrowser)
  • import 3D reference models via 3DD format
  • intelligent conversion including 3D model attributes and structure

It is possible to convert 3D RVM model to eBrowser format, including 3D objects and attributes, generated at the same time 3DD reference file can be imported to CADMATIC 3D Design applications as a reference model. Conversion services are possible for transferring 3D intelligent models from PDMS/PDS into CADMATIC intelligent models for further work with CADMATIC Design applications (including the entire parametric model and attribute values). These services provided by external subcontractors.

Interoperability, eXchangers PDMS® and PDS®

Bentley®/AutoPIPE Export

Export of piping data for pipe stress analysis using Caaesar II format *.cii.

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CAEPIPE® Export

Support for generating files from CADMATIC format pipes to be imported into CAEPIPE for stress analysis purposes.

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Ceasar II® Export

Support for generating files from CADMATIC format pipes to be imported into Caesar II for stress analysis purposes.

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E3.series® Import | Export

Interface to connect E3.series electric diagrams and CADMATIC Cable Router for 3D arrangements of cables.

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Intergraph/PDS® Import | Export

There are three possible levels of interoperability:

  • conversion of model for 3D viewer (eBrowser)
  • import 3D reference models via 3DD format
  • intelligent conversion including 3D model attributes and structure

It is possible to convert 3D model to eBrowser format, including 3D objects and attributes, 3DD reference file can be imported to CADMATIC 3D Design applications as a reference model. Conversion services are possible for transferring 3D intelligent models from PDMS/PDS into CADMATIC intelligent models for further work with CADMATIC Design applications (including the entire parametric model and attribute values). These services provided by external subcontractors.

Interoperability, eXchangers PDMS® and PDS®

Leica Cyclone® Import

This interface makes it possible to import point cloud files from Leica/Cyrax/ Cyclone 3D laser scanning systems into CADMATIC Outfitting Design module, to build a 3D model from a laser scanned model.

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Microstation/DGN® Import | Export

There are four possible levels of interoperability:

  • export of 2D documents from CADMATIC in DGN format
  • conversion of model for 3D viewer (eBrowser)
  • import 3D reference models via 3DD format
  • intelligent conversion including 3D model attributes and structure

It is possible to convert 3D model to eBrowser format, including 3D objects and attributes, 3DD reference file can be imported to CADMATIC 3D Design applications as a reference model. Conversion services are possible for transferring 3D intelligent models from DGN into CADMATIC intelligent models for further work with CADMATIC Design applications (including the entire parametric model and attribute values). These services provided by external subcontractors.

Interoperability, eXchangers PDMS® and PDS®

Okino PolyTrans® Import | Export

CADMATIC eXchanger for PolyTrans® increases compatibility with mechanical CAD software. It addresses the need to utilize mechanical CAD models of equipment and modules providing possibility to simplify imported models and reduce size of the imported objects.

Interoperability, eXchangers for PolyTrans®

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PIPEFAB® Export

The PIPEFAB Interface is an interface between CADMATIC Outfitting, pipe production systems PipeFAB of the company Tracto-Technik and is used to control CNC pipe bending machines. For each automatic generated isometric the interface creates a data file in XML format that includes all the required information to produce the pipes, like bending coordinates, pipe specifications, material information and various other relevant attributes. The interface can be customized to the client’s needs.

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PipeStress® Export

Generates files from CADMATIC in format  *.pst to be imported into PipeStress for stress analysis purposes.

Siemens/NX® Import | Export

After integrating data from Siemens/NX via the JT standard, the combined intelligent 3D model contains all the information from the respective native software applications. JT is an ISO-standardized 3D data format used in industry for product visualization, collaboration, CAD data exchange, and in some also for long-term data retention. It can contain any combination of approximate (faceted) data, boundary representation surfaces, Product and Manufacturing Information, and Metadata (textual attributes)

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Smart3D® Import | Export

There are three possible levels of interoperability:

  • conversion of model for 3D viewer (eBrowser)
  • import 3D reference models via 3DD format
  • intelligent conversion including 3D model attributes and structure

It is possible to convert 3D model to eBrowser format, including 3D objects and attributes, 3DD reference file can be imported to CADMATIC 3D Design applications as a reference model. Conversion services are possible for transferring 3D intelligent models from Smart3D into CADMATIC intelligent models for further work with CADMATIC Design applications (including the entire parametric model and attribute values). These services provided by external subcontractors.

Interoperability, eXchangers Smart 3D

Solidworks® Import | Export

Solidworks 3D models with or without attributes can be imported or exported to or from CADMATIC via eXchanger for PolyTrans that provides possibility for simplification of the imported models.. Alternatively, 3D reference models could be transferred between two software with help of eXchanger for AutoCAD, keeping solid and surface objects.

Interoperability, eXchangers AutoCAD

Interoperability, eXchangers for PolyTrans®

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TransFluid® Export

Generates files for direct link from 3D model to CNC machines in pipe production

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Trimble/Tekla Structures® Import | Export

The native bi-directional interface between CADMATIC and Tekla Structures enables fluent information share with combining the structural steel model and project design model. Designers could work simultaneously in both programs and benefit from loading models from other discipline as native objects. The imported materials can be modified and exported for reuse with all the related information intact. As such, work can be started with a preliminary model in one software platform, after which it is enhanced with more detailed design in another.

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Various BIM Import | Export

After integrating data from different software platforms via the IFC standard, the combined intelligent 3D model contains all the information from the respective native software applications. Imported materials are recognized not as 3D shapes as in traditional space holders, but as real objects with all their related information, such as the materials and standards used, mass density attributes etc. The imported materials can be modified and exported for reuse with all the related information intact. As such, work can be started with a preliminary model in one software platform, after which it is enhanced with more detailed design in another. Current format supported: IFC2x3

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Various Mechanical CAD Import | Export

Using CADMATIC PolyTrans eXchanger more than 100 various MCAD formats could be imported or exported to CADMATIC.

Interoperability, eXchangers for PolyTrans®

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File formats (Printable page)

*.3dd, *.3dc, *.3dp Import | Export

CADMATIC formats for 3D reference data, these are intermediate formats for eXchangers and could include object attributes

*.asc, *.pts,*. xyz Point Clouds Import

Point clouds can be imported to CADMATIC from several different file formats. User can select one or multiple files for the import. ASCII text files can be imported from various point cloud data sources. The importer attempts to automatically detect the data format and scale. Before the import starts, the scale and data from an example input line are shown. User can modify the scale, and also rearrange the positions for coordinate and color data as seen in the file. Import requires at least X, Y and Z values to be defined.

A separate text file named ScanPositions.txt should exist where each line gives the name of a scanner file, followed by the position of the scanner as x y z. If this file doesn’t exists, bubble views that show the points from perspective of a specific scanner will not be possible, but other types of shades views can still be used.

*.cii Export

Support for generating files from CADMATIC format pipes to be imported into Caesar II for stress analysis purposes.

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*.dgn Import | Export

2D documents could be exported directly to DGN format. 3D models could be converted using CADMATIC eXchanger for PDMS/PDS.

Interoperability, eXchangers PDMS® and PDS®

*.dwg/*.dxf Import | Export

Export 2D drawings - sketches, isometrics and other documents for construction. 3D export of model with eXchanger for AutoCAD.

The eXchanger can be downloaded for free from our download page. You need to register first, before you are forwarded to the download page.

NOTE! CADMATIC eXchanger for AutoCAD is compatible with AutoCAD 2007 - 2017 software versions.

Interoperability, eXchangers AutoCAD

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*.ebm Import | Export

CADMATIC eBrowser, eGo and eShare models files

*.ifc Import | Export

After integrating data from different software platforms via the IFC standard, the combined intelligent 3D model contains all published information from the respective native software applications. Imported materials are recognized not as 3D shapes as in traditional space holders with referenced objects, but as real objects with all their related information, such as the materials and standards used, mass density attributes etc. The imported materials can be modified and exported for reuse with all the related information intact. As such, work can be started with a preliminary model in one software platform, after which it is enhanced with more detailed design in another. Current format supported: IFC2x3

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*.jt Import | Export

JT is an ISO-standardized 3D data format used in industry for product visualization, collaboration, CAD data exchange, and in some also for long-term data retention. It can contain any combination of approximate (faceted) data, boundary representation surfaces, Product and Manufacturing Information, and Metadata (textual attributes)

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*.mdl Import | Export

CADMATIC Plant native 3D model format. MDL files contain references to CADMATIC library db. Could be used for transferring fully intelligent 3D models. If generated from third party software could be used together with API allowing mapping of referenced to the library parts during import.

*.pcf Export

Partial support for *.pcf format. Export of PCF file for isometrics for use of pipestress calculations or pipe fabrication.

*.pdf Export

Any construction or fabrication drawing can be exported directly to PDF format.

*.pst Export

Export files from CADMATIC in format  *.pst to be imported into PipeStress for stress analysis purposes.

*.rvm Import

There are two possible levels of interoperability:

  • conversion of model for 3D viewer (eBrowser)
  • import 3D reference models via 3DD format

It is possible to convert 3D RVM model to eBrowser format, including 3D objects and attributes, generated at the same time 3DD reference file can be imported to CADMATIC 3D Design applications as a reference model.

Interoperability, eXchangers PDMS® and PDS®

*.txt Export

Various reports can be generated: MTO, BOM, material summary lists, with possibility to edit data tables

*.xls(x) Import | Export

Various reports: MTO, BOM, material summary lists, with possibility to edit data tables. In certain cases .xls(x) files could be imported, these are editing of dimension tables for components or Cable lists, mapping of Diagram - 3D objects data.

*.xml Import | Export

Many import/export or intermediate formats are based on XML structure. CADMATIC script API has the necessary tools to parse valid XML files and to extract XML entities for further processing. CADMATIC uses xml  e.g. for export/import of Cable lists or lists of equipment/valves for Diagram integration.

Various MCAD formats Import | Export

Using CADMATIC PolyTrans eXchanger more than 100 various MCAD formats could be imported or exported to CADMATIC.

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