ALIBRE: CAD Interoperability & File Formats for 3D Design & Modeling

Alibre is a CAD (Computer-Aided Design) software used for creating 3D models and 2D drawings. Developed by Alibre LLC, it is widely used by engineers, designers, and manufacturers worldwide for designing parts, assemblies, and finished products.

Alibre software uses neutral formats such as .SVG, .STEP, .IGES, .SAT, Parasolid (.x_t, .x_b, .xmt_txt), .DWG and .DXF, .OBJ, .STL, .JT, and many others. These file formats are widely used for CAD data interoperability, allowing users to easily transfer models and drawings between different CAD applications.

The native file extensions for Alibre CAD software are:

  • .AD_PRT for part files
  • .AD_SMP for sheet metal part files
  • .AD_ASM for assembly files
  • .AD_DRW for 2D drawing files
  • .AD_BOM for bill of materials files
  • .AD_PKG for Alibre Design single file container files
  • .AD_GLP for global configuration files
  • .AD_PCF for feature catalog files

Older native file formats are compatible with newer versions of Alibre Design. However, native file formats are NOT backwards compatible; new files cannot be read by older versions of Alibre Design.

Alibre also has CAD interoperability capabilities, meaning it can import and export native files from different CAD software. The formats supported by Alibre include common CAD file formats such as CATIA V5, Pro/ENGINEER or Creo, SolidWorks, NX, Inventor, and Rhino. This interoperability enables users to easily collaborate with others using different CAD applications.

In addition to its interoperability capabilities, Alibre also has a wide range of CAD features for 3D design and modeling. It offers basic 3D shape creation tools such as extrusions, revolutions, and sweeps, as well as advanced tools for creating complex shapes such as surfaces, curves, and basic functions. Users can also add custom functions using the function editor.

CAD Interop distributes several software solutions for viewing, converting, and comparing Alibre files. Below is a list of our solutions compatible with Alibre.