I have a cover from a motorcycle in stl file and i need to make some modifications in the cover, but solidworks dont allow me to import the file as solid body because have to many faces. Anyone can help me in this problem. I will try to upload the file in my personal area. Thanks for the help
Launch the SolidWorks project you wish to use to import an .STL file. Click the "File" menu and choose "Open."
Click "(*.stl)" from the "Files of type" drop-down menu, then click "Options." Three main options will display in the "Options" dialog box.
Click "Graphics Body" if you wish to import the STL file as graphical data only. Click "OK" to confirm.
Click "Solid Body" if you wish to import the STL file as a solid body. Click "OK" to confirm.
Click "Surface Body" if you wish to import the STL file as surfaces. Click "OK" to confirm.
Click the STL file you wish to import and click "Open." Allow for the import process to finish.
There are a lot of method to model your file.
First of all , you should think that what method you will use to model this part.
For me I select loft-method to model main body of part.
Then, I need curve section to loft, so I have to extract curve from cloud point.
I start with import cloud point or stl file into catia by using digitized shape editor.
Then I switch to Quick surface Reconstruction module and use plannar sections function to extract planar curve. I convert planar curve to be a curve by using curve from scan function. Now I get a curve for be a reference to sketch. Using sketch module to create skecth for loft. That's all.