How do I convert STL graphics to a solid model?
Try this. Worked fine for me.
The part I am trying to convert is too complex for this method.
I once tried this way. I imported the STL in Adobe photoshop as a 3D file and then exported it as OBJ and imported it in SW. The surfaces imported were too bad.. :(... but somehow there was a transfer.
You can also try some reverse engineering software like Rapidform or Geomagic. But do keep in mind if you intend to use them frequently they do cost a whole lot. If it's just for one project try to get a trial version.
I know that SW users will angry with me but i should say it :) If you need it for reverse engineering first get rid of SW. Solidworks have very limited capabilities about working with STL mesh files and reverse engineering. If you want rapid solution Inus technologies can be effective(especially XOR series are very effective). However iam agree with STEF that they are not cheap solutions. If you have just single project that contain stl data and geometry isnt too complex,then Cemal's solution is enough. Also its freeware ( I mean MeshLab) Of course there are some other ways by business plan. For example if we consider you need that conversation ( STL => CAD Type) just for actual project. You can post it to some freelance sites as job posting. So Someone can do it for you with low prices. Just idea
Hello every body.
I have the same problem. I have a STL file of a human body, contains million faceted surfaces, and I want to convert this to a unite surface inorder to use in ICEM ANSYS. I try so many things and now I am really tired of it!!
please some one help me to overcome this. how can I convert it to a solid body.
I also try solidwords. but it said: This STL model has two many surfaces.Try to opening with the graphics body option.
what should I do?
thanks in advance for your help.
could you please give me more information?
I try both rapidform and geomagic, but I can export it to any software afterwards!
What should I do?
You will need to process it using some reverse engineering software like rapidform, geomagic or CATIA Reverse engineering
There is no way to do it with quality. Best way is redrawing it.
Or you can just try this; (you will probably have empty faces)
Download MeshLab**. Drag drop the stl file through MeshLab, save as the file .dwg
Drag drop the .dwg file to Solidworks. The best way again is redrawing the stl file on solidworks.
But Meshlab can not export in .dwg!
If you want cheaper solution for RE than geomagic, try Delcam PowerSHAPE.
In PS you can mesh point clouds, make surfaces and solids. See the
*** http://www.delcam.tv/ps2011/lz/en/whats-new-videos.html and search for Re-Engineering 1. Aligning scanned data video
Ok, it's going to take a few weeks but I guess I don't have a choice.
You can also use FreeCAD, following this http://sourceforge.net/apps/phpbb/free-cad/viewtopic.php?f=3&t=253&p=2766&hilit=mesh+to+solid#p2766