How do I import Inventor Files into Solidworks?

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You can import Autodesk Inventor files into SOLIDWORKS with geometry or feature data. These files are of the ".IPT" (part) and ".IAM" (assembly) type. This article may be helpful to you if you are experiencing problems with importing Inventor files into SOLIDWORKS.

If you would like to import feature data into SOLIDWORKS, ensure that Autodesk Inventor 11 or later is installed on the same computer. Note that the free Inventor Viewer software cannot be used to import feature data. It can only be used to import geometry data, and you don't need it installed in most cases. If AutoDesk Inventor is not installed, SOLIDWORKS will import the files with only geometry data.

To open Inventor files in SOLIDWORKS, please follow the instructions below.

  1. Select File > Open
  2. Set "Files of Type" to AutoDesk Inventor (*.ipt,*.iam), and select "Options".
    AutoDesk Inventor file type
  3. Set the import options as desired, and select "OK".
  4. Browse to the file you want to open, and click "Open".

If SolidWorks hangs during the import process and generates a message that it cannot open the version of the Inventor file, then upgrade either Inventor or the Inventor Viewer to the latest available version.

If even after upgrading Inventor or the Inventor Viewer, SolidWorks still hangs when importing Inventor files and the same incorrect version message is displayed, then try the following to resolve the issue.

For further assistance, please contact our support team at, or 877-266-4469 (US) or 866-587-6803 (Canada).

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  • you can probably open the inventor file in notepad or wordpad to check the version to ensure compatibility


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