Solid Edge Reader

The Solid Edge Reader provides full access to the Assembly and B-rep data stored within a particular Solid Edge file. A file does not need to have a particular extension to be read correctly by HOOPS Exchange however the file extensions of Solid Edge files that you can expect to be loaded by HOOPS Exchange are:

  • .ASM

  • .PAR

  • .PWD

  • .PSM

Our readers are updated to the latest released version within 90 days of the release of the authoring software. You can see the exact version supported in the current release here.


Datum planes and construction geometry are also supported and accessed through the assembly tree. Full support for Alternate Assemblies is included. The alternate assemblies are presented to you in the same mechanism used for configurations.

Incremental load is not supported by our Solid Edge reader.

Support for Assembly Geometry Redefinitions

Starting from HOOPS Exchange 2023 SP2 U2, we support assembly geometry redefinitions in Solid Edge. This enhancement includes support for the following assembly-level features:

  • Cutouts, revolved cutouts, holes, rounds, and chamfers.

  • Frame Components

  • Pipes

  • Adjustable Components

  • Weldments


Solid Edge uses Parasolid as its core geometry engine. As a result the reading of the B-rep in our Solid Edge reader is based on our Parasolid reader which allows you to query the full topological and geometric model defined in a Parasolid file. HOOPS Exchange provides evaluators which allow you to direct query all the geometry types available in Parasolid. You can additionally ask HOOPS Exchange to approximate any specific geometry and provide it in a standard NURBS form.

The list of surface types available in Solid Edge is:

  • Blend surface

  • B-spline surface

  • Cone

  • Cylinder

  • Offset surface

  • Plane

  • Sphere

  • Revolution surface

  • Swept surface

  • Torus

The list of curve types available in Solid Edge is:

  • B-spline

  • Circle

  • Ellipse

  • Intersection curve

  • Line

  • UV curve


The Solid Edge reader supports generic material properties (except “Elongation”).


This visualization data for this format is generated by the HOOPS Exchange tessellation engine.


Views are not supported for this format.


PMI is not supported for this format.