Some CAD/3D programs can process the vector drawings created using Adobe Illustrator and convert them to one of the CAD data formats. This is usually used in the case of logos and other geometric shapes. So it should be quite possible to convert AI to STEP.
Convert Adobe Illustrator graphics to ISO-10303 STEP product data.
We have found 3 software records in our database eligible for .ai to .step file format conversion.
Microsoft Windows software - convert ai to step on Windows
A high-end professional 3D modelling software solution from Ashlar Vellum, Argon shares the same solid and surface modeling, rendering engine and animation tools found in other Ashlar programs like Cobalt or Xenon.
Convert from ai file
to step file
The tables with software actions are a good pointer for what a certain program does with various file types and often may give users a good hint how to perform certain file conversion, for example the above-mentioned ai to step. However, it is not perfect and sometimes can show results which are not really usable because of how certain programs work with files and the possible conversion is thus actually not possible at all.
A popular 3D animation software, 3ds Max (previously known as 3D Studio Max) is used by professional to create stunning 3D content. It contains modeling capabilities, flexible plug-in architecture, scripting language, etc. It is mostly used by computer game developers. It is also used to create movie visual effects. 3ds Max is only for Microsoft Windows.
ViaCAD Pro is set of professional tools designed for both simple and complex tasks to increase productivity. Surface analysis, deformation, tangent covers, surface Booleans, Auto-draw functions, multiple view ports, textures and Ray Trace rendering add even more ease and speed as you draw.