Exporting a part to an ACIS-, IGES-, STEP-, or VDA-format file

Select FileExportPart from the main menu bar to export the current part to a file using one of the following formats:

  • ACIS SAT (*.sat)

  • IGES (*.igs)

  • STEP (*.stp)

  • VDA (*.vda)

Related Topics
Using file selection dialog boxes
What is an Abaqus/CAE model?
Using the File menu
What kinds of files can be imported and exported from Abaqus/CAE?


Before you export a part, you must display the part that you want to export in the current viewport. You can export only the geometry of a part; orphan elements, if they exist, are not included in the exported part.

  1. In the current viewport, display the part that you wish to export.

  2. From the main menu bar, select FileExportPart.

    The Export Part dialog box appears.

  3. From the File Filter menu at the bottom of the Export Part dialog box, select the file format.

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

  4. Select the file to which you want to export the part, or type the name of a new file in the File Name text field, and click OK.

  5. If you are exporting a part to an IGES file, Abaqus/CAE displays the IGES Flavors dialog box. Do the following:

    1. Choose one of the following flavors with which to write the IGES file:

      • Standard

      • AutoCAD

      • Solid Works

      • JAMA

    2. Click OK.

    Abaqus/CAE tailors the internal representation of the IGES file to match the format expected by the selected application. By default, Abaqus/CAE exports a part in a Standard format. Abaqus/CAE writes all of the geometry data to a single layer in the IGES file.