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    Bio

    by Garry Stockton

    Navisworks has two products:

    • Navisworks Manage
    • Navisworks Freedom

    Of these, Freedom is a free viewer product that can be downloaded and used for free from Autodesk's website. Authoring is done by Manage. 

    Navisworks file structure

    Navisworks files come in three file formats:

    • A file that holds the shape and properties of NWC cache objects.
    • NWF file set File combinations, cameras, annotation information.
    • NWD dataset A file that combines NWC and NWF into one.

    Navisworks_Prod_Struc_GS_01.png

    Image courtesy of Autodesk

    NWC-Information on shapes and attributes

    Navis can read many files, but when you read any file with Navis, it is converted to "nwc (Navisworks Cache)" format and read.

    NWF-File management information

    A file that manages the file set. It stores information such as which nwc was combined and how, where and how the camera and view were placed and annotation information.

    It should be noted that NWF is always a set with NWC. NWF alone cannot display shape and attribute information.

    NWD - NWF + NWC

    NWD is a compilation of NWF and NWC into a single file. Freedom can only read NWD format files.

    Readable files

    The file formats that can be read by Navisworks Manage are as follows.

    format

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    version

    Navisworks

    .nwd .nwf .nwc

    all

    AutoCAD

    .dwg, .dxf

    ~ AutoCAD 2016

    MicroStation (SE, J, V8 & XM)

    .dgn .prp .prw

    v7, v8

    3D Studio

    .3ds .prj

    ~ Autodesk 3ds Max 2016

    ACIS SAT

    .sat .sab

    All ASM SAT. ~ ACIS SAT v7

    Catia

    .model .session .exp .dlv3 .CATPart .CATProduct .cgr

    V4, v5

    CIS / 2

    .stp

    STRUCTURAL_FRAME_SCHEMA

    DWF / DWFx

    .dwf .dwfx

    all

    FBX

    .fbx

    FBX SDK 2016.0

    IFC

    .ifc

    IFC2X_PLATFORM, IFC2X_FINAL, IFC2X2_FINAL, IFC2X3, IFC4

    IGES

    .igs .iges

    all

    Inventor

    .ipt .iam .ipj

    ~ Inventor 2016

    Informatix MicroGDS

    .man .cv7

    v10

    JT Open

    .jt

    ~  10.0

    NX

    .prt

    ~ 9.0

    PDS Design Review

    .dri

    Legacy file format.  ~ 2007.

    Parasolids

    .x_b

    ~ Schema 26

    Pro / ENGINEER

    .prt .asm .g .neu

    Wildfire 5.0, Creo Parametric 1.0-3.0

    RVM

    .rvm

    ~ 12.0 SP5

    Revit

    .rvt

    2011 --2016

    SketchUp

    .skp

    v5 ~ 2015

    Solidworks

    .prt .sldprt .asm .sldasm

    2001 Plus-2015

    STEP

    .stp .step

    AP214, AP203E3, AP242

    STL

    .stl

    Binary only

    VRML

    .wrl .wrz

    VRML1, VRML2

    PDF

    .pdf

    all

    Rhino

    .3dm

    ~ 5.0

    Image courtesy of Autodesk