• SolidWorks SimulationXpress generates a file named partname-SimulationXpressStudy.CWR in the results location folder to save analysis results. Materials, fixtures, and loads are saved in the part document. Saving Result Plots with the Part File.
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  • For SolidWorks Simulation Files, the results are contained in one file with the extension CWR. Other information like study properties, materials, restraints, loads, and contact conditions are saved, in the SolidWorks part or assembly document. Many files are created by the solver during an analysis.

As a company that specializes in CAD Translation, we often get questions about a wide range of CAD file extensions; to make this easier on our customers, we’ve compiled a list of the most common Brep and Visrep formats.

Please note: This is a list of all known CAD File Extensions, not a list of formats that TransMagic can Read and Write. For a list of formats supported by TransMagic products, please visit our CAD Formats page.

Solidworks Cwr File Software

This video shows you how to manage Simulation result files (.CWR) with Enterprise PDM. Filecontrol SolidWorks Simulation - result-files (cwr-files) - Duration: 3:29. Jos van Kreij 4,497 views. Try creating a result folder inside the document folder - copy and paste all of the result files (including the.CWR). Then, go into the study properties in the Simulation menu and set the results folder to the one that you just created.

Brep vs Visrep

Brep stands for Boundary Representation, which is a true CAD format. Visrep stands for Visual Representation, which is a polygonal or tesellated format. We are including both Brep and Visrep formats in this listing since there is often confusion as to which is which. Where possible, additional notes are provided for each CAD file extension.

Find out more about Brep vs Visrep here.

Solidworks cwr fileSolidworks Cwr File
SoftwareExtensionsBrep or VisrepNotes
3D PDF.PDFVisrep3D PDF is a great format for sharing geometry with those who do not have access to CAD systems or CAD viewers; all that’s required is the Adobe Reader, which is already on almost all PCs.
3D XML.3DXMLVisrep3D XML is a visualization format developed by Dassault Systemes.
3DS Max Files.3DS, .MAXVisrep.3DS files contain mesh or nurbs information; .MAX files contain all scene information, including mesh data.
ACIS Model & Assembly Files.SAT, .ASAT, .SAB, .ASABBrepACIS is a geometric modeling kernel used in many CAD applications. .SAT and .SAB files are part files, .ASAT and .ASAB files are assembly files. Files that end with B are binary.
Alias Model file.WIREVisrep
AutoCAD Drawing Files.DWG, .DXFBrep and Visrep.DWG files are binary, .DXF files are ASCII. Both formats can contain both Brep and Visrep geometry.
Autodesk Filmbox Format.FBXVisrepPrimarily used for exporting mesh, material and animation data to game engines.
BobCAD-CAM File.CAD
CADKEY File.PRT, .CKDBrepCADKEY is now known as KeyCreator.
CATIA V4 Part & Assembly Files.MODELBrep.MODEL files can represent both parts and assemblies.
CATIA V5 Parts and Assemblies.CATPart, .CATProductBrep
CATIA V5 Graphical Representation File.CGRVisrep
CATIA V6 Part and Assembly Files.CATPart & .CATProductBrepFile format is similar to V5 files.
Collada Object Format.DAEVisrep
Creo Part and Assembly Files.DRW, .PRT, .ASMBrep.DRW are drawing files, .PRT are part files, and .ASM files are assembly files. Creo was formerly known as Pro/Engineer.
Fusion 360 Files.F3Z, .F3D, .CAM360Brep.F3Z files are archive files, .F3D are part files, and .CAM360 are toolpath archive files.
Generic CADD Files.CMP, .GCDBrep.CMP files are component files, .GCD are drawing files.
Geomagic GeomView Design File.WRP
Gerber Printed Circuit Board File.GBX
HOOPS Metafile Format File.HMFVisrep
HOOPS Stream Format File.HSFVisrep
IGES.IGS, .IGESBrepIGES files are predominately surface files, though the definition does allow for solid models. Read more about IGES, learn why to avoid IGES, and alternatives to IGES.
Inventor.IPT, .IAMBrep.IPT files are part files, .IAM files are assembly files.
IronCAD.ICSBrep
JT.JTBothJT, created by Siemens / NX, is unusual in that it can contain both Brep and Visrep content. JT is also compressed about 8:1, so it is a good visualization format for large assemblies.
KeyCreator Part & Assembly Files.CKD, CDLBrepKeyCreator was formerly CADKey; .CKD files are for parts and assemblies, .CDL files are for Wireframe Design files.
Kubotek Design Container File.CKDBrep
Lightwave Object File.LWOVisrep
Microstation Design Files.DGNBrep
Modo Scene Format.LXOVisrep
Navisworks Files.NWC, .NWD, .NWF.NWC files are cache files, .NWD are documents, .NWF are file sets.
NX Part and Assembly Files.PRTBrepNX was formerly Unigraphics; one confusing aspect to NX .PRT files is that the same extension is used for both parts and assemblies.
Parasolid Model File.X_T, .X_BBrepParasolid is the geometric modeling kernel used for SOLIDWORKS, Solid Edge, and many other CAD solutions; read more about Parasolid here.
POD.PODVisrep
PLY.PLYVisrep
Pro/Engineer Granite File.GBrepGranite is the geometric modeling kernel behind all Pro/E and Creo products.
Pro/Engineer Part and Assembly Files.PRT, .ASMBrepPro/Engineer is now known as Creo
Rhino 3D Model File.3DMBrepRhino is primarily a freeform NURBS surface modeler specializing in complex surface creation.
SDRC.PRT, .ASMBrepSDRC was purchased by EDS in 2001, and then by Siemens in 2007, and is no longer in existence as a CAD solution. Since version 11, I-DEAS was able to export parts and assemblies as Parasolid files to provide interoperability with NX.
Sketchup.SKPVisrep
SMlib.SMS, .IWB, IWPBrepSMlib is created by Solid Modeling Solutions; these files are geometric modeling kernels used in a range of CAD applications.
Solid Edge.PAR, .ASM, .PSMBrep.PAR files are part files, .ASM files are assembly files. Solid Edge is made by Siemens.
SOLIDWORKS eDrawing File.EDRW
SOLIDWORKS Part & Assembly Files.SLDPRT, .SLDASMBrep.SLDPRT files are parts, .SLDASM files are assemblies. SOLIDWORKS is owned by Dassault.
STEP.STEP, .STPBrepSTEP is the most popular neutral CAD format in the world today.
Stereolithography Files.STLVisrep.STL files are widely used for 3D printing.
Unigraphics Part & Assembly Files.PRTBrepUnigraphics is now known as NX; one confusing aspect to Unigraphics and NX .PRT files is that the same extension is used for both parts and assemblies.
Wavefront.OBJVisrep.OBJ is widely used by modeling and animation solutions such as Maya and 3DS Max for transfering polygonal meshes.
ZBrush Files.ZBR, .ZPRVisrepZBrush is a modeling and texturing application.
ZW3D.Z3BrepZW3D is made by ZWSoft.
VRML.WRLVisrepVRML stands for Virtual Reality Modeling Language.
WebGL.HTMLVisrepWebGL stands for Web Graphics Library. This format allows viewing and rotating in any HTML5-compliant browser with no plugins needed, and is suitable for online parts libraries.

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