3D interoperability around Autodesk's Maya software

Maya is a 3D graphics software developed by Autodesk, widely used by professionals in the film, television, and video game industries to create visual effects, 3D models, and animations.

Maya is an industry standard tool that offers a powerful set of features and tools for 3D modeling, animation, and rendering. Maya supports a wide range of file formats, including its native file format (.ma), which is used to save Maya scenes. Other file formats that can be imported into Maya include FBX, OBJ, and STL.

The native file extensions of Maya software are:

.ANIM Maya Animation File
.MA Maya ASCII Scene
.MB Maya Binary Scene
.MEL Maya Embedded Language Script
.MCFP Maya Fluid Cache Playback File
.MCFI Maya Initial Fluid Cache File
.MP Maya PLE Project File
.SKL Maya Skeleton File


Maya's interoperability capabilities with CAD software allow users to easily import and export files between Maya and other CAD software such as AutoCAD, SolidWorks, and Inventor. This interoperability allows designers and engineers to take advantage of Maya's advanced 3D modeling and animation capabilities while working with CAD files. With Maya's interoperability capabilities, users can import and work with CAD models, convert them to Maya files, and then export them back to the original CAD software.

The supported formats by Maya include:

.AI Adobe Illustrator Artwork
.BIF Bifrost Mesh Cache
.BVH Biovision Hierarchy Animation File
.DAE Digital Asset Exchange File
.DWG AutoCAD Drawing
.DXF Drawing Exchange Format File
.EPS Encapsulated PostScript File
.FACEFX FaceFX Actor File
.FBX Autodesk FBX Interchange File
.FLT OpenFlight Scene Description File
.FXA OC3 Entertainment FaceFX Actor File
.IAM Inventor Assembly
.IGES IGES Drawing File
.JT JT Open CAD File
.MTL OBJ Material Template Library File
.OBJ Wavefront 3D Object File
.SPT SpeedTree Tree Data File
.STL Stereolithography File
.USD Universal Scene Description Format
.ZT Mental Ray Image Depth File


Maya also has a powerful set of tools for creating animations, including keyframe animation, animated graphics, and character skeleton creation. Maya's animation tools allow users to create complex animations that can be used in films, video games, and other multimedia projects. The software's rendering capabilities enable users to create photorealistic images and animations with advanced lighting and texture effects.

CAD Interop distributes several software solutions to prepare, convert, and visualize Maya data. Below is a list of our solutions compatible with Maya.