Best STEP file viewers ๐Ÿ“

Did you know that STEP stands for Standardfor the Exchangeof ProductData (STEP)?

It is the most popular file format worldwide for exchanging 3D models. This is because it is a neutral file format that does not depend on the CAD software you are working with.

It contains information about 3D objects and is typically used to transfer 3D data between different CAD and CAM programs. Sometimes it also contains MBD and PMI data.

However, what many people do not know is that there is a huge range of free tools available, even open-source libraries to put viewers on your website etc.

In this email, I will give you a top list for reading and displaying STEP files on your favorite devices.

Best viewers:

#1: Autodesk Fusion 360

The most widely used and versatile is Autodesk Fusion 360, as it runs on Windows, macOS and mobile devices, as well as via a Web browser.

#2: IDA-STEP

My favorite tool for daily use is IDA-STEP. The program is super lightweight, can display the most important data, and most importantly, completely free.

#3: eDrawings (mobile)

What we should certainly not forget is that we also work a lot on tablets these days. Over the years, eDrawings has become the market leader in this as a native app.

Alternatives

Alternatively, you can try VariCAD, FreeCAD, ABViewer, TurboCAD, CATIA. There are also free online STEP/STP viewers from eMachineShop and ShareCAD.org.

What is your favorite tool for STEP files?

PS Want to get started with your own web portal or smart order form? It doesn’t have to cost a fortune. With all the open-source technology, you’ll come a long way. Want to know more about this? Then let’s call.

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