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I am still learning the program from a few technical standpoints. So please, bear with me. 

 

I have a complex (200MB) STEP file that a client sent for me to use. Up until previous versions, I used MOI to open and export for use in Cinema 4D. Now, as we updated to R20 last month, I noticed that C4D apparently opens STEP files within the program, but I have not been able to achieve this. I still get 'unknown file format'. 

Is STEP and STP not the same file upon export from CAD? I don't own a CAD program so I am unable to test it out. 

 

Any feedback is appreciated.

 

Thanks, Shawn

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I received some .STEP files recently and they seem to open fine so maybe ask your provider to give you .STEP rather than .STP

Although the documentation does state that both .STEP and .STP are now supported.

 

One other thing to check is that you are using the File/Merge command to bring in the .STEP file, not the File/Open method.

 

 

 

 

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Phil Richards, www.fugidesign.co.uk

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You could check file with FreeCAD software if posible to open or file is broken. Before R20 I always used this software for conversion to polyobjects...

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Southpaw - thanks for the response! The actual file is a STEP. As you mentioned, I tried via File/Merge, and although I didn't receive any indication that the file wouldn't open, C4D acted as though I had not tried to open anything at all, sitting with a blank canvas. I am currently giving it some time to open the file again in case it's taking absurdly long to do and I am just being to pushy.

 

bezo - thanks! I used Moi 3 up until the release of R20. The company has said they could send an OBJ as well. Might take them up on that offer.

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Does the new import file abilities change from version to version? Meaning, if I have the Broadcast version, it won't allow me to import a STEP file, but the Studio version would? I sincerely hope not...

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Best to check supported features at the MAXON site, or contact their support team.

But if that is the case, providing project is not under an NDA you could ask one the cafe members if they can import the .STEP it and export it as an .OBJ,  .FBX or similar.

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Phil Richards, www.fugidesign.co.uk

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I have just put in a message to support. I will see if they can help. Luckily I have time before this project becomes active.

Thanks for the help!

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So after speaking with Tech. The CAD import for STEP isn't included in the Broadcast or below. The video on the MAXON website DOES NOT elude to this whatsoever. It shows that STEP file import is included in R20. 

I have never spoken ill of MAXON, usually spend time defending it against other designers, however, this isn't cool.

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