Exporting the assembly to an ACIS-format file

Select FileExportAssembly from the main menu bar to export the assembly to an ACIS-format file. Many computer-aided modeling and drafting applications can read and write ACIS files; therefore, you can transfer parts between Abaqus/CAE and these applications. You can export only the geometry of parts; orphan elements, if they exist, are not included in the exported parts.

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You can export the assembly at any time during an Abaqus/CAE session. Abaqus/CAE exports each part separately along with its position. If you subsequently import an ACIS-format file containing an assembly, Abaqus/CAE creates a part corresponding to each instance while retaining each part's original position for later use when you instance the part in the Assembly module. When you create instances of the imported ACIS parts, Abaqus/CAE uses the position information to recreate the original assembly. You cannot import the assembly directly.

  1. From the main menu bar, select FileExportAssembly.

    The Export to ACIS File dialog box appears.

    Abaqus/CAE lists all the files in the selected directory with the .sat file extension.

  2. Select the file to which you want to export the assembly, or type the name of a new file in the File Name text field.

  3. Click OK to export the assembly and to close the Export to ACIS File dialog box.