Advanced Data Exchange Components

Improve the interoperability of your application with OPEN CASCADE Advanced Data Exchange interfaces!


OPEN CASCADE provides a set of components dedicated to data exchange between applications based on Open CASCADE Technology and third-party CAD systems.

This range of data exchange tools allows applications based on Open CASCADE Technology to transfer model data to and from other software. The scope of processed data includes both geometrical and topological data, as well as the assembly structure and some attributes (names, colors, layers and others).

Because proper data exchange is necessary for interoperability between applications in a collaborative environment, OPEN CASCADE is committed to providing tools that ensure a high level of quality. In particular, the high quality of geometrical and topological data transfer is ensured by Shape Healing algorithms directly used by data exchange interfaces.

The available Data Exchange interfaces enhance the openness of Open CASCADE Technology in a multi-software environment by allowing the processing of external data and providing a good level of integration.

This type of functionality is particularly interesting for software editors looking to provide a broader access to their applications, as well as for industrial developers and researchers working in an environment that requires interoperability between different types of software.

Data Exchange interfaces to standard formats have always been one of the key points of Open CASCADE Technology differentiating it from other geometric kernels and CAD systems. OPEN CASCADE provides standard interfaces (IGES 5.3, STEP AP 203 and 214, STL and VRML) in open source.

For the advanced users who want to extend the capabilities of their software even more, additional interfaces to proprietary formats are provided on a paying basis. They can be used either integrated into your specific software or as separate standalone products.

Data exchange solutions available via Open CASCADE Technology



Other interoperability solutions are available with our Product Partners.