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File Translators

File translators allow part files to be imported and exported between programs. Mastercam includes a large selection of CAD model file translators, so no matter where a part was created, it can be imported and modified as needed for machining purposes.

Mastercam file importers can open the following CAD file formats:

  • Native CAD formats – Alibre Design, AutoCAD®, Autodesk® Inventor™, CATIA™, Creo®, KeyCreator®, Rhino, Siemens NX™, SOLIDWORKS®, SolidEdge, SpaceClaim®
  • Solid modeling kernel formats – ACIS, Parasolid®
  • Standard formats – IGES (Initial Graphics Exchange Specification), STEP (Standard for the Exchange of Product Data), STL (Stereolithography), VDA (Verband der Automobilindustrie)

Several Mastercam file importers can bring in Model Based Definition (MBD) entities. MBD entities are “smart” dimensions which contain design intent added to the file during its creation. Capturing that data upon import and having it automatically be associated to the imported geometry inside Mastercam can be a significant time-saver. This can reduce or eliminate the need for external drawings that typically accompany imported files. MBD entities can be imported from the following formats: STEP, Siemens NX, Creo, Autodesk Inventor, and CATIA V5.

Whatever the source, Mastercam file translators helps get parts on and off your machines faster.


Mastercam appeals to shops that value efficient productivity. A vast array of file translators means you can optimize machining strategies for any part, from virtually any CAD software. CNC programmers appreciate the ability to work on virtually any part file without sacrificing the machining benefits of the world’s leading CAM.

Part repairs

Custom tool and holder shapes

Importation of 3D lathe tooling holders and inserts

Part modifications


Custom parts

Features and Benefits of Mastercam File Translators

Robust CAD

Modify and prepare geometry for machining with a comprehensive suite of direct edit and history-based tools for the creation/import and editing of models.

Powerful CAM

Gain a full array of cutting strategies and so much more. Mastercam can be customized to what your shop needs today and easily scaled to meet your future manufacturing needs.


Open virtually any CAD file in Mastercam to access modeling and prep tools to get parts on and off machines quickly. Import fixturing, hardware, tooling, and holders directly into your file from your favorite vendors. You can do it all in Mastercam with no need to create parts from scratch.

Free Software

Give the world’s #1 CAM software a test drive. Download Mastercam Demo/Home Learning Edition at no cost. Use it to access the entire suite of Mastercam toolpaths and get familiar with the latest advances in CAD/CAM.

Ease of Use

Prepare any part file for machining using the familiar interface of the world’s most widely used CAM software.

Localized Support

Our Mastercam Resellers bring years of practical experience specific to various regions, manufacturing goals, and language requirements worldwide, to ensure that as a Mastercam user, you always have the support you need to get the most out of your CAD/CAM investment.

Case Studies

Complex Parts Made Using Mastercam at Carolina Precision Components
Carolina Precision Components, Inc.

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Reed-Custer High School

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To learn how our File Translators can give your shop the ability to machine parts from virtually any CAD source, contact your local Mastercam Reseller for more information.