Import 3D annotations into Inventor with the STEP 242 file format

March 13, 2020 Joanna Gryszka

You can import 3D annotations along with model geometry into Inventor with a STEP 242 file format.

If you're in Inventor 2019.1 or newer the option to import PMI-3D annotation data is available:

STEP 242-PMI support

When opening a Step file, in the Import dialog box select 'Graphical PMI' to import 3D annotations:

Graphical PMI

If the option isn't available(greyed out) the Step file was either exported without 3D annotations and/or wasn't exported as a Step 242 file:

Graphical PMI

If the original file has 3D annotations and the 'Graphical PMI' selection is not available in Inventor, check the source software for an option to include them and the option to choose the Step 242 file format.

In some software when exporting to a Step file, in addition to choosing the 242 file format, you also have to choose to include existing 3D Annotations in the export.  Otherwise the file is exported to a Step 242 file format without any of its 3D annotations.

In Inventor, when you export to Step 242 format, 3D annotations are automatically included.

In the Save dialog box select 'Options':

Step Options

Choose to export as a STEP 242 format in the 'STEP File Save As Options' dialog box:

3D annotations will automatically be included in the export.

Step 242

About the Author

Joanna Gryszka

Manufacturing Technical Support Specialist<br><br>Joanna has over eight years of experience working with Autodesk products. She started supporting core AutoCAD and network installations of all Autodesk products. She now has five years of experience with Inventor. <br> She graduated from Mechanical Engineering and has been providing solutions to clients and dedicating her knowledge to the Solution Center since then.

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