STL, OBJ and PLY files -> Catia

Rolando Garza

STL, OBJ and PLY files -> Catia

I've got some STL, OBJ and PLY files I was considering using in Catia.

I see I need another license at this site to open STL files in Catia.

I don't see a way to inport OBJ and PLY files.


What are ya'll experiences?

How do ya'll get these file types into Catia?

Do you use the DS license or some pre-import translator to convert them to STP... or something else.......?


Catia V5-62012; SmarTeam V5-6R2012; 3DVIA Composer V62013x 


Jim Strawn

RE: STL, OBJ and PLY files -> Catia
(in response to Rolando Garza)

You might try adding them as existing components in a V5 Product.   I'm not sure it will work with these file types, but it's worth a shot.

We have the ST1 license for advanced STEP as well as the DSE and STL files needed to read and generate STL files.

Jim Strawn
IT Specialist, Lead
COE Board of Directors, Treasurer
Cessna Aircraft Company

Graydon Edward Loar

RE: STL, OBJ and PLY files -> Catia
(in response to Rolando Garza)

6 years late to the party, but in case anyone else struggled with getting an OBJ into CATIA like I just did, here's how I eventually "succeeded":

1. Load the OBJ into Rhino.

2. Save as an IGES.

3. From CATIA, use the Import command (from the REE package or similar) to get the point cloud.

Note: You could hypothetically just open the IGES by letting CATIA do the conversion, but the file will be a ton of points and the conversion will take a while. My OBJ file had ~180,000 points and CATIA said it would take an hour to convert. OBJ files can be opened in notepad to get a sense of their scale.