A number of folks have asked about how to create a STEP file from Creo Parametric that maintains the assigned colors on the models and assembly components. By default, Creo Parametric uses AP203_IS as the output format for STEP files. If you change this to AP214_IS, the exported STEP files will maintain their assigned colors.
To change this, go to File, Options, Configuration Editor, Find... enter "STEP" as the search string and choose Find Now. Scroll through the list of options until you find STEP_EXPORT_FORMAT. Change the value to ap214_is then chose Add/Change and Close. After choosing OK, you can decide whether or not you want to save this setting in your default config.pro file or just save it for the current session.
To validate, use the File, Save As, Save a Copy action to create a new STEP file from your current model or assembly. Just chose STEP(*.stp) from the Type menu. Now you can open the new STEP file by changing the Type option to STEP (.stp, .step) in the File Open window to confirm all the colors are present.
This would be super awesome if 214_IS was an option...
these are the options listed as far as I can tell... do you mean AP214_DIS ? or maybe the list has changed since then?
Thanks for the post - at least I know I can test it and find one that will work.
Ah, typo in my original posting. You are correct. the STEP_EXPORT_FORMAT should be set to "AP214_DIS".
I found that out. and also found that my client had less trouble importing the geometry of AP214_DIS. no missing surfaces, no holes/gaps. 🙂 thanks for the post!
Thanks for this posting.
"AP214_DIS" isn't an option in Creo 2.0 (evidently).
The available options are:
The '214' maintains some colors, but colored other parts of the model red (my original model was yellow and gray, some of the red surfaces were originally yellow, and some were originally gray).