E3D File Extension

E3D file icon
Instant3D Project
  • Developer
    SolidWorks Corporation
  • Popularity
    3 (2 votes)

What is E3D file?

Full format name of files that use E3D extension is Instant3D Project. SolidWorks Corporation defined the Instant3D Project format standard. Files with E3D extension may be used by programs distributed for Windows platform. E3D file format, along with 290 other file formats, belongs to the 3D&CAD Files category. SolidWorks is by far the most used program for working with E3D files. SolidWorks software was developed by SolidWorks Corporation, and on its official website you may find more information about E3D files or the SolidWorks software program.

Programs which support E3D file extension

Programs that can handle E3D files are as follows. E3D files can be encountered on all system platforms, including mobile, yet there is no guarantee each will properly support such files.

Programs that support E3D file

Windows Windows

How to open file with E3D extension?

There can be multiple causes why you have problems with opening E3D files on given system. Fortunately, most common problems with E3D files can be solved without in-depth IT knowledge, and most importantly, in a matter of minutes. We have prepared a listing of which will help you resolve your problems with E3D files.

Step 1. Install SolidWorks software

The main and most frequent cause precluding users form opening E3D files is that no program that can handle E3D files is installed on user’s system. The solution is straightforward, just download and install SolidWorks. The full list of programs grouped by operating systems can be found above. The safest method of downloading SolidWorks installed is by going to developer’s website (SolidWorks Corporation) and downloading the software using provided links.

Step 2. Check the version of SolidWorks and update if needed

If you already have SolidWorks installed on your systems and E3D files are still not opened properly, check if you have the latest version of the software. Software developers may implement support for more modern file formats in updated versions of their products. The reason that SolidWorks cannot handle files with E3D may be that the software is outdated. All of the file formats that were handled just fine by the previous versions of given program should be also possible to open using SolidWorks.

Step 3. Associate Instant3D Project files with SolidWorks

If the issue has not been solved in the previous step, you should associate E3D files with latest version of SolidWorks you have installed on your device. The process of associating file formats with default application may differ in details depending on platform, but the basic procedure is very similar.

Change the default application in Windows

  • Clicking the E3D with right mouse button will bring a menu from which you should select the Open with option
  • Select Choose another app → More apps
  • Finally select Look for another app on this PC, point to the folder where SolidWorks is installed, check the Always use this app to open E3D files box and conform your selection by clicking OK button

Change the default application in Mac OS

  • Right-click the E3D file and select Information
  • Proceed to the Open with section. If its closed, click the title to access available options
  • From the list choose the appropriate program and confirm by clicking Change for all....
  • A message window should appear informing that This change will be applied to all files with E3D extension. By clicking Continue you confirm your selection.

Step 4. Verify that the E3D is not faulty

If you followed the instructions form the previous steps yet the issue is still not solved, you should verify the E3D file in question. Being unable to access the file can be related to various issues.

1. Check the E3D file for viruses or malware

If the file is infected, the malware that resides in the E3D file hinders attempts to open it. It is advised to scan the system for viruses and malware as soon as possible or use an online antivirus scanner. If the scanner detected that the E3D file is unsafe, proceed as instructed by the antivirus program to neutralize the threat.

2. Verify that the E3D file’s structure is intact

Did you receive the E3D file in question from a different person? Ask him/her to send it one more time. During the copy process of the file errors may occurred rendering the file incomplete or corrupted. This could be the source of encountered problems with the file. When downloading the file with E3D extension from the internet an error may occurred resulting in incomplete file. Try downloading the file again.

3. Check if the user that you are logged as has administrative privileges.

There is a possibility that the file in question can only be accessed by users with sufficient system privileges. Log in using an administrative account and see If this solves the problem.

4. Make sure that the system has sufficient resources to run SolidWorks

If the systems has insufficient resources to open E3D files, try closing all currently running applications and try again.

5. Ensure that you have the latest drivers and system updates and patches installed

Latest versions of programs and drivers may help you solve problems with Instant3D Project files and ensure security of your device and operating system. Outdated drivers or software may have caused the inability to use a peripheral device needed to handle E3D files.

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