Convert PLY to IGES: The Essential References

PLY to IGES: Resources

Listed below are additional resources pertaining to the interoperability and exchange of PLY and IGES file sources. These will be valuable in guiding you through the PLY to IGES files conversion.


The PLY (Polygon File Format or Stanford Triangle Format), is a file format specifically designed to store three-dimensional triangles along with additional properties such as color, normals, transparency, or texture coordinates. Our Autoconverter software, a dedicated PLY file converter, primarily focuses on reading and writing mesh geometry, without considering material properties, which can vary between face vertices in PLY files. It’s worth noting that PLY files can be saved in either binary or ASCII text formats. The binary version is generally preferred due to its significant reduction in file size.


The IGES (Initial Graphics Exchange Specification) file format serves as the foundational format for data exchange between various systems, including CAD, CAM, and CAE. Since IGES geometry data is stored in a text format, exporting triangular meshes with thousands or millions of faces using our Autoconverter software may result in larger file sizes. It’s important to note that while the IGES format supports color per assembly, it does not include an alpha component. Consequently, any transparency settings will be lost when saving your stunning 3D design in the IGES format.