IGES (Initial Graphics Exchange Specification) was among first vendor-neutral CAD formats designed to enable interoperability between different CAD systems. The latest versions of IGES have been approved by ANSI (American National Standards Institute) and published by US PRO (U.S. Product Data Association). The latest officially approved version of the IGES standard is version 5.3 which was published in 1996. Nonetheless, IGES remains a broadly used format (along with STEP) supported by all major CAD/CAM/CAE systems such as CATIA, Autodesk Inventor, Solidworks, Solid Edge, NX, Pro/Engineer, Creo and multiple others. IGES files usually have *.igs or *.iges file name extensions.
A SLDPRT file contains a 3D part created in the SOLIDWORKS design software.
Multiple SLDPRT parts can be independently modified and combined into a single SLDASM assembly file. If one SLDPRT part belongs to several assemblies, then after modifying it, the changes will appear in all assemblies.
SLDPRT are proprietary files with closed specifications. Nevertheless, some APIs (like CAD Exchanger SDK) provide the facility to read and convert them to other formats.
In addition to SOLIDWORKS software, SLDPRT files are supported by Autodesk Fusion 360.
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