Convert PLY file


PLY (Polygon File Format or Stanford Triangle Format) is a file format developed to store three dimensional triangles with additional properties e.g. color, normals, transparency or texture coordinates. However Autoconverter our PLY file converter can only read and write mesh geometry without the material properties, as in the PLY file they can vary between triangle vertices. You can save PLY file in a binary or ASCII text file format, with the preference for the binary version due to a significant PLY file size saving.


STEP (STandardized Exchange of Product) is a very popular file format for the data exchange between different systems e.g. CAD, CAM or CAE. As the geometry data are stored in a text form, you can expect bigger file sizes when exporting triangular meshes with thousands of faces using Autoconverter software. However if your geometry defines manifold solid it will try to create optimized faceted brep represenation which should reduce final STEP file size by one third. The STEP file format supports color per assembly, but without the alpha component, therefore any transparency setting will be lost in the STEP file.