how to 'use' (edit,measure ecc..) an stl file
I saw on this site there are many cad models that came from an stl file...
I have an stl file of gsxr 600 cranckshaft but i could not use it on inventor to edit it. can you help me to import the file?
I have some ides to share if you want...
First of all If I were you with an almost desired file I would copy the main sketches / profiles and with a couple constrains I would design a new model to suit my requirements. In this case you would have a more reliable model based in someone's else approach. It doesn't sound bad at all. ;)
However, there are some commercial solution that can identify step or stl files and rebuilt the model for you from scratch but needs money... ;(
So I think you will need to spend some extra time on this project as there is no other way to actually modify an stl file...
There is also a BUT, if you don't have the time but you know the requirements you can post a request for someone to help you accomplish this model.
Blender and FreeCAD have complementary functionality to fix stl files and to edit them as well.
There are numerous tutorials online for the same.
There is a make solid function in FreeCAD that converts meshes into solid forms.
Both the above software are free and open source.
SolidWorks lets you open .stl files for editing. here is how: