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how to open an STL file using solidworks?

By Isra Rabbaa on 06 Nov 23:24 4 answers 982 views 1 comment

I have an STL files for a 3D printer's components and I need to use them with other parte to draw whole model in solidworks how could I do that?
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  • Stephen Nyberg
    Stephen Nyberg almost 3 years ago

    I have created a video for you on how to do it. An STL file is good for 3D printing but is not the best to work with in SW if you are trying to modify it. It will not do feature recognition and all the little triangles can be a pain. But if it is just to add to an assembly I hope this helps. You open it like any other file but when you choose the stl type there is an options button and then you select to import it as a graphic, solid body, or surface body. I think what you are looking for is to import it as a solid body.

    Answered with a tutorial: https://grabcad.com/tutorials/how-to-open-an-stl-file-using-solidworks

  • trinityscsp
    trinityscsp almost 3 years ago

    You can use Meshlab (free) to fix it and convert to DWG. Editing in SW is complicated, usually these files have too many surfaces, SW can not handle them.

  • Isra Rabbaa
    Isra Rabbaa almost 3 years ago

    thanks very very much
    that exactly what I'am looking for

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