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STEP load options
Creo Elements/Direct Modeling allows you to load a STEP file either directly or using the Granite mode. STEP module is active by default.
To load a STEP file,
1. Click File > Open. The Load file browser opens.
2. In the File Type box, select STEP (*.stp;*.step;*.STP;*.STEP).
3. Click Options. The Load STEP options dialog box allows you to set the following options for STEP data:
Encoding: Choose Unicode or Legacy (Roman8 or Shift-JIS). You should use Unicode unless your Computer Aided Design (CAD) - software does not support Unicode. This option is available only in the Direct mode.
Connect: Attempt to connect imported faces for a surface model. This option has no effect on solids.
Check Part: Perform a minimal part check on the imported parts after they are loaded.
Show Log: Display a log file after the conversion is finished.
Custom or Automatic Resolution: A value between 1E-1 and 10E-6 mm for the target resolution. Please read Data accuracy for more information. This option is available only in the Direct mode.
Log File: The name of the log file. These variable are defined in the environment of the Creo Elements/Direct Modeling startup process.
4. Select the path where the file should be located.
5. Select a file or type the name of the file in Filename.
6. Click Load.
General import guidelines
The data model representation in a STEP file should be in the form of solid models (AP203 (class 6) , or AP214 (class 1 or 2, boundary representation solid model) or, if this is not possible, face-based or shell-based surface models.
The distance accuracy of the data model should be in the range of 1.0E-2 mm to 1.0E-6 mm for the best possible results when importing into Creo Elements/Direct Modeling.
The STEP data file should be re-imported into the sending system successfully. This test indicates a good chance for a successful exchange with other systems.
A consistency check (such as Check Body) should be performed.
Preferred data model representations
Solid Models (Boundary Representation): AP203 (class 6) or AP214 (class 1, or 2) solid models convey the most advanced representation. These typically provide the best results when importing solid model data into Creo Elements/Direct Modeling.
Surface Models: Topology based surface models of AP203 (class 4) or AP214 (class 1) (shell-based surface models) typically provide good results because they convey topological connectivity between faces.