CST – Computer Simulation Technology

Data Exchange Options

Reliable CAD interfaces reduce the amount of modeling required for existing structures, and are a useful tool for reducing the design engineer’s workload. The CST STUDIO SUITE® is renowned for its excellent CAD-data import capabilities and the sophisticated healing mechanisms which recover the integrity of flawed or non-compliant data. The latter aspect is particularly vital as the presence of one corrupted element can prevent the usage of the whole part.

CST MICROWAVE STUDIO® (CST MWS) features a multitude of CAD import options.
The IC package example on the right was provided as a Cadence® Allegro® layout with 8 metallization layers and a total of 40,000 geometrical entities. CST's proprietory Cadence® Allegro® interface provided robust data exchange including automatic model clean-up. This model clean-up is essential to reduce the model complexity and to facilitate the simulation.

With CST STUDIO SUITE 2015, models from SOLIDWORKS 2013 and PTC Creo Elements 5.0 (Pro/E) can be imported in fully parameterized format. The bidirectional link between CAD and simulation allows design changes to be instantly reflected in the simulation model, and means that the results of optimizations and parametric design studies can be imported back directly into the master model. This improves workflow integration and reduces the time and effort needed to optimize a design.



Data exchange options now include:

3D Import/Export:

3D Import only:

  • Pro/E®
  • CATIA 4®
  • CATIA 5®
  • Autodesk Inventor
  • VDA-FS
  • CoventorWare
  • SolidWorks and Solid Edge
  • Parasolid
  • Voxel Import

2D Import/Export:

  • DXF
  • Gerber (single layer)

2D Import only:

  • NI AWR Design Environment (Microwave Office)
  • Agilent ADS layout
  • Cadence Allegro®
  • Gerber (single and multilayer)
  • Mentor Graphics® Expedition®
  • Mentor Graphics PADS®
  • ODB++
  • Sonnet Suites
  • Zuken CR 5000
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