Abaqus/CAE CAD Interfaces

Associative Interfaces between Abaqus and CAD Systems

CAD Associative Interfaces

The Associative Interfaces enable geometry transfer from a CAD system to Abaqus/CAE. These powerful add-on products allow you to send selected components or an entire assembly from the CAD system to Abaqus/CAE with a single mouse click. You can modify your model in supported CAD systems and use associative import to quickly update the model in Abaqus/CAE without losing any analysis features assigned to the model. The connection between the applications is provided by a plug-in for the CAD system and established through the CAD Connection toolset in Abaqus/CAE.

Associative Interface for CATIA
Associative Interface for NX
Associative Interface for ProEngineer
SolidWorks Associative Interface

Geometry Translators

The CAD geometry translators for CATIA V4 and Parasolid allow you to transfer model geometries from CAD systems into Abaqus/CAE. These geometry translators allow you to import models directly from the CAD system’s native file format. Within these translators, you only need the appropriate file reader for Abaqus/CAE.


The components of the CAD geometry translators are available on the platforms indicated in the following tables:

CATIA V4 and Parasolid direct readers for Abaqus/CAE



10.0 to 28.0











Abaqus/CAE requires a license to import parts and assemblies in CATIA V4 and Parasolid formats.

For more information, contact your local Abaqus sales office.

The Abaqus Product Suite


Abaqus/Standard  is ideally suited for static, low-speed dynamic, and steady-state transport applications.It enables analyses of a model in both time and frequency domain in one single simulation. Abaqus/Standard delivers highly accurate stress analyses.

Abaqus /Standard can provide starting points for Abaqus/Explicit simulations as well as continuing from Abaqus/Explicit results. Pre- and postprocessing is supported within the Abaqus/CAE modeling environment.

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Abaqus/Explicit enables the simulation of brief transient dynamic events, such as drop testing or ballistic events with finite element analysis. Its ability to handle severely non-linear behavior makes Abaqus/Explicit ideally suited for the simulation of quasi-static events such as slow crushing of energy absorbing devices.

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With Abaqus/CAE you can quickly and efficiently create, edit, monitor, diagnose, and visualize advanced Abaqus analyses. It supports interactive computer-aided engineering concepts such as feature-based, parametric modeling, interactive and scripted operation. Besides the built-in geometry creation it enables interfacing with other CAD environments for geometry and mesh imports or model synchronization. Abaqus/CAE also offers comprehensive visualization options, which enable users to interpret and communicate the results of any Abaqus analysis.

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