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how to 'use' (edit,measure ecc..) an stl file

By giulio on 07 May 17:17 6 answers 1 comment

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?
thank you

6 answers

  • Ioannis Skarlatakis
    Ioannis Skarlatakis over 4 years ago

    Hi there
    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.


  • giulio
    giulio over 4 years ago

    thank you for your reply
    yes i know that there are some software that allow to rebuilt the solid like rapidform but, as you say, the license is not free.
    I add the stl file of the crankshaft, if someone can help me i will be very grateful


    AlberoMotore.stl, 33.2 MB
  • Dinesh Kumar
    Dinesh Kumar over 3 years ago

    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.

  • Dinesh Kumar
    Dinesh Kumar over 3 years ago

    Frank, Blender can be used to scale an object and to set measurements in any system you may follow (metric/imperial etc). I am not sure about other software.

  • Bob Heijningen
    Bob Heijningen over 3 years ago

    i recently followed the V12 tutorial that came by here you are welcome to use my model of the crank shaft dont know if that helpes you at all but i attached it for you


    crank.ipt, 1.47 MB

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