TraceParts adds the STEP AP242 modeling format to its CAD content library

The new STEP AP242 format has been added to the current TraceParts range, which already features over 60 native and neutral CAD formats

Saint-Romain, France, 24 October 2018 – TraceParts, a world-leading supplier of 3D digital content for engineering, consistently ensures that its CAD content platform embraces the latest technologies. The company’s proactive development strategy means that TraceParts is one of the first CAD content platforms to offer the new STEP AP242 output format.




STEP AP242 – ISO 10303 is a standard that has been endorsed by the International Organization for Standardization. This neutral format represents an open 3D data model that can be used to exchange product data between design offices and production departments.

This format allows designers, engineers and specifically aerospace and automotive industry professionals to download and incorporate 3D models directly into their design projects in the neutral STEP AP242 format.

We believe that this format plays an important role in industry 4.0, because it contains much more than just geometric data. It includes information about the product lifecycle, manufacturing process, assembly and mounting constraints, among other things. It is a real asset for all those engineers and designers using our platform, as well as parts suppliers publishing their product catalogs with our solutions due to the fact that its’ native-like properties retains all the product-related information,

explains Bertrand Cressent, Product Manager at TraceParts.

To find out more about how TraceParts can produce an online catalog available in over 60 native and neutral formats, including STEP AP242, visit


About TraceParts

TraceParts is one of the world’s leading providers of 3D digital content for engineering. As part of the Trace Group founded in 1989, the company provides powerful web-based solutions, such as CAD part libraries, electronic catalogs and product configurators.
TraceParts offers digital marketing services to help part vendors, 3D printing suppliers, software and computer hardware vendors promote their products and services and generate high-quality B2B sales leads.

The TraceParts portal is available free-of-charge to millions of CAD users worldwide. It provides access to hundreds of supplier catalogs and more than 100 Million CAD models and product datasheets that perfectly match the specific needs of Design, Purchasing, Manufacturing and Maintenance processes & operations.



TraceParts is one of the world’s leading CAD-content platforms for Engineering, Industrial Equipment and Machine Design. TraceParts brings highly targeted Lead Generation marketing services to hundreds of customers of all sizes and from all industries, via powerful cloud-based API and SaaS applications such as 3D part libraries, product catalogs and configurators.