.SMB File Extension

A .SMB file is a Autodesk Shape Manager Binary File, created by Autodesk.

Open with Autodesk AutoCAD 2023. Available for Windows and Mac.

What is a .SMB file?

A .SMB file is a type of computer file used in 3D computer-aided design (CAD). Specifically, it is an Autodesk Shape Manager Binary File. This means it is a file format developed by Autodesk, a company known for its software for engineering, architecture, and design. The .SMB file contains a 3D model that has been saved using Autodesk's Shape Manager technology. This technology is part of Autodesk Inventor and other Autodesk software, and it was created in the early 2000s.

The content of an .SMB file includes detailed 3D geometry and structural information about a model, such as holes, pockets, and slots. These details are crucial for accurately representing the model in various applications. The .SMB format is particularly useful because it maintains the quality and integrity of the 3D model when it is transferred between different Autodesk applications. This means that a model created in one Autodesk program can be opened and used in another without losing any detail or accuracy.

Programs that can open .SMB files include: - Autodesk AutoCAD 2023 - Autodesk Fusion 360 - Autodesk FeatureCAM - Autodesk Moldflow Adviser Additionally, Autodesk Fusion 360 can access .SMB files across various platforms, including web browsers, iOS devices, and Android devices.

The Autodesk Shape Manager (ASM) format, which includes .SMB files, is designed to help users maintain the quality of their CAD models when working across different software tools. For example, a designer might create a model in AutoCAD, save it as an .SMB file, and then import it into Autodesk Moldflow Adviser to simulate how the plastic part will endure wear and tear over time.

There are two types of files associated with Autodesk Shape Manager: 1. Autodesk Shape Manager Text (.SMT file extension) - This format saves the model in ASCII text format. It is more compatible with other 3D applications but creates larger file sizes. 2. Autodesk Shape Manager Binary (.SMB file extension) - This format saves the model in a binary format, which generally results in smaller file sizes compared to .SMT files.


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