STEP file: How can I open a .STEP file?
The table below provides useful information about the .step file extension. It answers questions such as:
- What is the .step file?
- What program do I need to open a .step file?
- How can the .step file be opened, edited or printed?
- How can I convert .step files to another format?
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✅ ISO 10303 STEP Document
The STEP file is an ISO 10303 STEP Document. ISO 10303 is an ISO standard for the computer-interpretable representation and exchange of product manufacturing information. Its official title is: Automation systems and integration - Product data representation and exchange. It is known informally as STEP, which stands for Standard for the Exchange of Product model data. ISO 10303 can represent 3D objects in Computer-aided design (CAD) and related information.
✅ Catia Document
The STP file is a Catia Document. It is based on STandard for the Exchange of Product model data. CATIA (Computer Aided Three Dimensional Interactive Application) is a multi-platform CAD/CAM/CAE commercial software suite developed by Dassault Systemes and marketed world-wide by IBM.
✅ Tekla STEP Data
The STP file is a Tekla STEP Data. Tekla Structures is a tool for structural engineers, detailers, and fabricators. It is an integrated model-based 3D solution for managing multi-material databases (steel, concrete, timber, etc.). Tekla Structures features interactive modeling, structural analysis and design, and automatic drawing creation.
⚠ Be careful with .step files.
It's important to know that the .step file extension can be used by various programs, not just the ones you expect. This includes potentially harmful software or malware that might create .step files. Be cautious when dealing with .step files from unknown sources.
🚫 The .step file extension is often given incorrectly!
According to the searches on our site, these misspellings were the most common in the past year:
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🔴 Can't open a .step file?
When you double-click a file to open it, Windows examines the filename extension. If Windows recognizes the filename extension, it opens the file in the program that is associated with that filename extension. When Windows does not recognize a filename extension, you receive the following message:
Select an app to open this .step file
It means that the operating system does not have a default app associated with the .step file type. To resolve this issue and open the file, you can take the following steps:
- Right-click on the .step file. A context menu will appear.
- From the context menu, select Open with. Windows will display a list of recommended apps.
- If the desired app is listed, select it from the provided options.
- If you cannot find the appropriate app, you may need to install software that supports the specific file type.
If you don't know how to change the default app for the .step file, check the FAQ.
🔴 Can I change the extension of files?
Changing the filename extension of a file is not a good idea. The extension of a file serves as a hint to the operating system and various software programs about the type of data contained within the file. When you alter a file's extension, you essentially modify how software applications interpret and handle that file. Every file has a specific format, also known as its file type or file format. The problem is, changing the file extension does not change the file format.
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