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CMS for Inventor

Learn about CMS – Component Management Software


What is CMS?

CMS stands for Component Management Software because the software works on a component level to create DSTV NC1 files. CMS plug-ins allow the users to produce DSTV NC1 files directly from their Autodesk Inventor, SolidWorks, and AutoCAD platforms. The software generates files with the extension *.NC1 and we follow DSTV Standard to produce our NC1 files. 

What is a DSTV file?

DSTV is an industrial standard developed by the German steel construction association (Deutsche STahlbau Verband). Each part that is created will have its own DSTV file. The DSTV file describes operations within a part, such as:


  • Cuts (AK blocks in DSTV) and Openings (IK blocks in DSTV)
  • Drills and Slot Holes (BO blocks in DSTV)
  • Markings/ Etching (KO blocks in DSTV)
  • Text Stenciling (SI blocks in DSTV)

Do you have Autodesk Inventor (.IPT), SolidWorks (.SLDPRT), AutoCAD (.DWG, .DXF) files that need conversion into DSTV ? Learn more about our DSTV conversion services here and get a free quote here.


CMS for Inventor Steel Profile


Compatible Machinery:

Our solution can generate DSTV NC1 files that can be read by any CNC machine that supports the DSTV format. Current machines that support the DSTV format:

  • PythonX
  • Voortman
  • Prodevco
  • Peddinghaus
  • Ocean Machinery

What profile types can the software generate?

Our software has the capability of applying all the standard operations on standard profile types. These profile types would include:

DSTV NC1 Profile Descriptions


How does the “CMS for Inventor” plug in work?

The “CMS for Inventor” is a plugin solution that runs on Inventor and runs with a web based licensing platformIt is easy to install and is activated with alpha-numeric activation keys.   


This solution can convert any native Inventor part (*.ipt) files, and STP/ STEP/ IGS files directly from your Inventor platform.   


“CMS for Inventor” new UI:  

CMS for Inventor UI


Once your initial one-time CMS Settings is complete, you can produce DSTV NC1 from your Inventor part file with one single click using “Generate DSTV” button.* 

DSTV NC1 File Production

*For parts created from content centercreated via frame generator, and via “feature recognition”


CMS Settings allows to map your Inventor iProperties (e.g., Part Number, Quantity) to DSTV Header Data, to set up your DSTV file’s name, and the path to save your DSTV files.   

Our solution works on a part level basis as well as an assembly level, given each part is a single-body part. Meaning that the software will allow users to generate DSTV files for each individual component required. 


“CMS for Inventor” UI on assembly level:  

CMS DSTV NC1 Software Settings


Although a new feature was added users are not limited to just reviewing their part within inventor, users can also review their part from our free DSTV Viewer. 




The user would only have to understand certain rules to generate DSTV files, for example:

    • Assure that orientation for your part is correct: the profile sketch is facing the “front” view  
      Note: Parts created from content center, and parts created via Frame generator places the part’s profile sketch on the front face by default, thus no addition action is required. Otherwise, use “Set Orientation”
        CMS NC1 Viewer steel profile
  • If you are using non-Inventor native parts, e.g., STP/ STEP/ IGS files. you will have to utilize the “Feature Recognition” tool (available on Autodesk Store <here> for free with an active Inventor Subscription)  before using the CMS functionality. 

    CMS Feature Recognition Tool Menu
  • Be sure that the part you are trying to create is listed within the shape catalog library. If you prefer more bespoke naming conventions, you can do so within our software. 


For more detailed information on how CMS for Inventor works, please watch our webinar below:



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