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Tutorial : How to edit STL file imported into SolidWorks

By Victor Bonavarte 6779 on 08 Jul 07:54 11 answers 7 comments

you have difficulty in SolidWorks STL file editing, I'll tell you how here.

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  • Nikhil Mankar
    Nikhil Mankar over 3 years ago

    I am hoping this must be helpful, but it did not work for me, I got an error saying that the STL file has too many surfaces. Try importing it as graphics entity. That must be true as the model I need to work on indeed is quiet complex. is there any solution for that.

  • aldy
    aldy about 4 years ago


  • priti yadav
    priti yadav about 3 years ago

    Hello, I'm new to SolidWorks. I have a stl file and I want to create solid model from it. I am trying to use 'scan to 3D' tool. But in 'scan to 3D' tool, I can see the options like 'mesh prep wizard', 'surface wizard' etc, but they are not active, means I can't use them (please look into the attached picture). So please anyone tell me the reason for it, and how can I activate these options. Looking forward to hearing from you soon...

  • James van der Westhuizen
    James van der Westhuizen almost 3 years ago

    Hi. I tried it too with no luck. I ended up opening the file in netfab and exporting it as an stl. Works great and is very easy to do as netfab also repairs any defects.

  • Raymond Nelsen
    Raymond Nelsen over 2 years ago

    Actually I found it very helpful, we all know that poking around the dialogs is required to get to the nuts and bolts in deep featured applications, worked for me-thanks!

  • Michael Cone
    Michael Cone over 1 year ago

    This information got me on the right track. Those who heavily criticize this kind of free help probably never learned basic etiquette and lack appropriate appreciation. I appreciate your taking the time to post this solution. Thank you very much!

  • Isidro
    Isidro over 1 year ago

    How Can I do it in SW2010?

  • Mrutyunjay Attigeri
    Mrutyunjay Attigeri about 1 year ago

    i cant able to do it in solidworks 2010 please suggest me how can i do ?

  • Pritam Saha
    Pritam Saha 3 months ago

    How to over come the too many surface problem???
    I think everyone have encountered this problem.

  • Andrew
    Andrew over 2 years ago

    This is a horrible Tutorial.

    First you have to indicated that you're opening an STL file, you can't just say "All files" after "Open", or it won't give you the "Options" button.

    Next, there's no explanation of the error, 'Too Many Surfaces'.

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