Isra Rabbaa

how to open an STL file using solidworks?

Question by Isra Rabbaa

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
Answered on 7 Nov, 2014 01:51 AM

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.

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Answered on 7 Nov, 2014 11:29 AM

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.

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Isra Rabbaa
Answered on 8 Nov, 2014 09:15 PM

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

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mahdi abbasi
Answered on 26 Nov, 2014 08:17 PM

open progrom-go ahead ::insert --features--imported .then select your stl file and open it.

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