3D objects stored as .ply files (polygon data) can be probably exported and saved in ISO STEP product data files (.stp, .step) for data exchange purposes. This can be done using several 3D modeling / CAD programs or dedicated converters.
Convert Polygon graphics to ISO-10303 STEP product data.
We have found 5 software records in our database eligible for .ply to .step file format conversion.
Microsoft Windows software - convert ply to step on Windows
Leading 2D and 3D CAD development software from Autodesk
Convert from ply file format
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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 ply 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 converter for 3D formats
A dedicated CAD converter
A CAD viewer program with conversion capabilities
Apple macOS / Mac OS X software - convert ply to step on OS X
Mac version of popular Autodesk AutoCAD software