.STEP File Extension

Standard for The Exchange of Product

General Information

Title STEP File Extension
Extension .step
Full Form Standard for The Exchange of Product
File Type 3D CAD File
Developer ISO
MIME Type model/step

File Function

Primary Function 3D model data
Additional Functions Data exchange, Visualization
Features CAD interoperability, Precise geometry

File Characteristics

Quality High precision
Supports Layers Yes
Supports Transparency Software-dependent
Editable Yes

Use Cases

Mechanical Design Yes
Aerospace Engineering Yes
Automotive Industry Yes
Product Lifecycle Management Yes

Security and Practices

Security Risks Minimal
Best Practices Version control, Backup

Historical/Version Information

Initial Release 1988
Latest Version ISO 10303-21:2016

Associated Types

Similar Extensions .stp, .iges, .stl, .dwg

Software Compatibility

Software Usage Policy OS Compatibility
Autodesk AutoCAD Paid Windows, Mac
Dassault SolidWorks Paid Windows
PTC Creo Paid Windows