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3D Tool is our interface module for exchanging data between different formats, viewing them or importing them into SprutCAM. The software also runs without SprutCAM !

Supported file formats


CATIA V5, V5R6 – V5R23 (*.CATPart, *.CATProduct)

CATIA V6, R2013 – R2014  (als *.CATPart, *.CATProduct)

Pro/Engineer, Creo,  16 – Creo 2.0 (*.prt, *.asm , *.xpr, *.xas)

Autodesk Inventor, 6-2014 (*.ipt), 11-2014 (*.iam)

SolidWorks, 98 – 2014 (*.sldasm, sldprt)

SolidEdge, 18 – ST6 (*.par, *.psm, *.asm)

UG/Siemens NX, 11 – 18, NX – NX 9 (*.prt)

STEP files (*.stp, *.step)

IGES files (*.igs, *.iges)

VDA files (*.vda)

SAT files (*.sat)

PARASOLID files, V10 – V26  (*.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 import formats       DXF files (*.dxf)

DWG files, until AutoCAD 2015  (*.dwg)

HPGL-files (*.plt, *.plo, *.hpg)

3D-Tool files (*.ddd), 3D and 2D files

3D-PDF files (*.pdf) triangulated 3D models

CATIA V5 files, V5R6 – V5R23 (*.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 – V24 (*.sat,  *.sab), 3D-SAT 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

U3D files (*.u3d), triangulated 3D models


3D-NativeCAD Converter

Convert CATIA, Pro/Engineer, Creo, Inventor, UG/Siemens NX, SolidWorks, SolidEdge, STEP, IGS, VDA, SAT and Parasolid files into CATIA, STEP, IGS, VDA, SAT, SAB, ASAT and STL formats

3D Premium Import

CATIA V4 – *.exp, *.model, *.session (Catia 4.1.9 – Catia 4.2.4)
CATIA V5 – *.CATProduct, *.CATPart (V5R6 – V5R23)
CATIA V6 – *.CATProduct, *.CATPart (R2013 – R2014)
Pro/Engineer, Creo – *.prt, *.asm, *.xpr, *.xam (16 – Creo 2.0)
Autodesk Inventor – *.iam, *.ipt (11 – 2014 )
UG/Siemens NX – *.prt (11 – 18, NX – NX 9)
SolidWorks – *.sldprt, *.sldasm (98 – 2014)
SolidEdge – *.par, *.psm, *.asm (18 – ST6)

3D Advanced Import

3D Advanced Formats: STEP, IGES, VDA, SAT und PARASOLID

3D Basic Import

3D Basic Formats: STL, VRML, SLP, XGL, OBJ, PLY, 3DS, ASC, IV

Import of STL files

Import 3D models in STL format

Import of 2D drawings

2D Formats: DXF, DWG, HPGL und HPGL2

Simultaneous loading of multiple file

Merge multiple 3D models or 2D drawings.

Loading 3D-Tool EXE/DDD files

Load 3D-Tool EXE and DDD files.

32bit and 64bit support

Viewer and interfaces with 32bit and 64bit support..

Show and hide parts

Show and hide parts, assemblies and models.

Changing the display of parts

Colorize parts and assemblies, make them transparent and display them in different display modes (shaded, shaded with edges, hidden lines, etc.).

Cross sections

Create cross-sections through models, assemblies and parts.
Save the section line as a DXF file.

Explode assemblies

Create exploded views of the model.


Combine defined views into animations.

Position and copy parts

Move, rotate, mirror, scale and copy parts.

Properties Editor

Change names, colors, and transparency of parts and assemblies.


Place and align parts.


Delete surfaces, rotate surfaces and connect open edges.

RP Layout

Place models on a platform for rapid prototyping systems.

3D mouse support

Use 3D mice from 3Dconnexion, e.g: SpaceNavigator, SpaceExplorer, SpacePilot, SpaceTraveller

2D dimensions

M.Measurement of distances, angles, lines, radii and diameters.

Compare models

Graphically highlight the differences between two models. .

Tool Analysis

Display of draft angles in different colors and calculation of the projected area.

Wall thickness analysis

Display of wall thicknesses in different colours.


Display the volume, surface area, dimensions and weight of models and parts.

Defined Views

 Save any views as defined views. Defined views contain the state and orientation of the model and all display settings.

Defined Views Editor

Change order and names of defined views.

3D annotations

Attach 3D notes to the model.

2D annotations

Insert markers (arrows, circles, sketches) into 2D drawings.

Inserting images and text

Insert text and images into 2D drawings and the background of the 3D view.

Publishing EXE/DDD files

Publish 3D models and 2D drawings together with the 3D-Tool Viewer as directly executable EXE files. DDD files can be viewed with the 3D-Tool Free Viewer.

Publish 3D PDF files

Publish 3D models in 3D PDF format. These can be opened and viewed with Adobe Reader version 7.0.7 or higher.

Saving in STL, VRML, PLY, 3DS and U3D

Store imported models in STL, VRML, PLY, 3DS and U3D formats.

Snapshot to Clipboard

Select image sections and copy them to the clipboard.


 Print 3D and 2D views individually or combined on a single sheet.

BMP/JPG image generation

Save 3D and 2D views individually or combined as BMP or JPG image files.

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