I have a 2D drawing (LibreCad) that I want to have a prototype made from, using "3D" online printing. The company say that they need a "CAD" .stl file. How do I do this. I should add that I have absolutely no experience of "Cad" programing. I have just downloaded "FreeCad".I do hope that I have used the right means for this question. Thank for your time with this.
I just looked it up. LibreCAD is an OpenSource 2D CAD. It can not make STL files from a 2D drawing.
there is other OpenSource software if your computer is a mac or running Linux.
Oh, what a shame! I use "Windows 7" but thank you for your very quick responce.
As Hans said, Save As. There may also be an "Export File" Option in the File Menu...
I think if you have a 2D drawing or CAD file you will need to make a 3D model (or ask a GrabCADr) and then depending on the 3D modeling software do the "save as" option Hans was talking about to save it as an STL. The STL file format is 3D so you need 3D data for that which is not contained in a 2D drawing file.
Upload your file to your profile and ask some one to help you 3D model it and I am sure you will get a model fast (if your part you are wanting is not too complex and your drawings/2D files are good) for free!
Hi Stephen and thanks for your help and info. This is what I wanted to know. i will presevere with it myself,(the best way to learn) but if I can not do it, i will most certainly follow your advice! Very nice to see that there are selfless people out there who will spend time and effort to help a fellow engineer. I should say that I have, in the past, just gone and paid for my designs to be machined (including the CNC programme but this is getting too expensive for me now so i have to do ( at least) the programming my self. Thanks once again,