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Exporting to STEP - units

Discussion in 'Using Alibre Design' started by heidtwd, Apr 14, 2018.

  1. heidtwd

    heidtwd Member

    When I export a model created in inches as a STEP , it exports in centimeters even when System Options > Interoperability > STEP setting is "use saved model units"
    How do I fix this?
     
  2. HaroldL

    HaroldL Alibre Super User

    I think this came up during Beta testing. You need to actually select the units you are using, inches. millimeters, etc. "Use saved model units" is centimeters.
     
  3. DavidJ

    DavidJ Alibre Super User Staff Member

    Yes MODEL units are cm for native files, DISPLAY units can be whatever you choose.

    Files based on imported models will have MODEL units set to whatever the import file had.
     
  4. Max

    Max Administrator Staff Member

    Check the Help for this dialog. Long story short:

    System Options > Interoperability > STEP setting is "use saved model units"

    Use Saved Model Units is a special case option. It does not mean "use whatever I designed it in". We are aware this is confusing, and will figure out a way to make it less confusing in the future, but the Help does describe what it does and when you should use it. If you need Inches, set it to Inches.
     
  5. BenzB

    BenzB Senior Member

    Two years later it is still confusing. I did find an answer though. Thanks.
     

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