IGES, the Initial Graphics Exchange Specification, is
a vendor-independent CAD/CAM data exchange format published by the U.S.
Department of Commerce, National Institute of Science and Technology (formerly
the National Bureau of Standards). The goal of the specification is to allow
exchange of product definition data between CAD/CAM systems. Specifically: geometric data, annotation, and administrative or
product identification data.
Since different systems do not support the same
entities in the same way, some visual differences may occur. Even on identical
CAD systems, parts from IGES files may differ from their original format
because many CAD systems have more functionality than is supported by IGES. For
example, GMSWorks supports 16 colors, IGES supports only eight: when saving a
part in IGES format, some color information may be lost (in this case the 16
GMSWorks colors are mapped into their nearest IGES equivalents).
The new release supports AutoCAD
2000, output of solid entities, docmode entities, and much more.
Output options are:
- ASCII format
- Binary format
- AutoCAD release
- 3-D output
- Output of dimension type geometry
There is a VDA to IGES translator
available (VDA2IGS). This program converts VDA data after some analysis
into standard IGES format.
Brandnew is a IGES to VDA translator (IGS2VDA).
This program coverts IGES data into VDA format.
Output can be created from both solid bodies and
sheets. Solid bodies and sheets are created as result of STL input.
The HPGL data translator creates GMSWorks
entities from HPGL plot
The EDM2DXF batch converter allows to convert edm
programs into 2-d dxf data format.