CATIA models read directly in Inventor

November 18, 2008

Using the new CATIA 5 Translator module from Autodesk Labs you can directly read CATIA V5 models into Inventor 2009.

There are several general-use translators available on the market. But all these translators are very expensive to buy, or quite inconvenient to use as a web service. And in all these translators, the CATIA translator is the most expensive – probably for licensing reasons.

Autodesk has probably found a way around the licensing limitations. The CATIA V5 Translator is available for free for all Inventor and Inventor LT users. You can install and use the CATIA translator to open .CADPart and .CADProduct files in Inventor 2009 – either in the 32-bit or in the 64-bit version.

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Problems importing a MDT model in Inventor

November 1, 2008

Yesterday, one of my collegues had problems importing his old 3D DWG model into Inventor 2009 on his new workstation. He was sure this or similar model went fine before.

The reason of the problem was simple. This DWG file originated in Mechanical Desktop. And for importing MDT models into Inventor you need Mechanical Desktop installed on the same PC. As he did not installed MDT with new Inventor 2009 (it is not a part of the installation), MDT files could not be imported. Simple installation of MDT has fixed the problem.

It is important Autodesk will keep Mecanical Desktop (even when it is no longer developed) available for future Inventor versions.