The Import, Database command allows you to import geometry data into Fidelity Pointwise.

Note that you can also import database files by simply dragging and dropping the appropriate file into the Display window.


Note: Each trimmed surface imported from geometry data will automatically be put into a quilt and the original trimmed surface will be hidden. When importing an IGES or native CAD file, the Import Database panel will provide additional import settings. See File, Import, Database, Import options for more details.


Tip: Fidelity Pointwise attempts to autodetect the attributes of the file you wish to import based on its extension. To make import go more quickly, you may want to check our supported format tables to ensure you are using one of the extensions that Fidelity Pointwise looks for.

Supported database file formats are summarized in the table below. Press the button to show the table.

File Type Extension Version
¹ Educational version not supported.
ACIS SAT .sat All versions > R27
CATIA V4 .model
All versions
R10 > R33
CATIA V6 .3dxml R210 > R213 , 2011x > 2013
Creo .prt, .prt.*
.asm, .asm.*
.xas, .xpr
13 > Creo 10
13 > WF5
DEM .dem
EGADS .egads ESP 1.18
OpenCASCADE 7.3.1
Gridgen .dba 15
Gridgen Style Network .net
IGES .igs
Nastran .nas 69
NMB .nmb 5.15.1
NX Unigraphics .prt V11.1 > CR 2306
Parasolid XT .x_t
All versions > V35
Patran .pat 2.5 (Only packet 2, types 3 and 5)
Pro/ENGINEER .prt, .prt.*
.asm, .asm.*
.xas, .xpr
13 > Creo 10
13 > WF5
Segment .dat
SolidWorks ¹ .sldprt
All versions > 2023
Stanford PLY .ply
STEP .stp
AP203, AP214, AP242
STL .stl
UCD .ucd
UGRID .ugrid
VRML .wrl
1.0, 20.0
Wavefront OBJ .obj
Xpatch .facet 3.0

For more on importing database files, choose an option below:


Geometry Cleanup on Import

File I/O Using Drag and Drop