Is FE mesh definition that far removed from .stl definition? Why couldn't you easily convert FE mesh to .stl format and vice versa?
I've asked our local CATIA rep this question but all I got was a blank stare and a question "Why would you want to do that?
Answer: To speed up design to RP model time!! Any intermediate steps and conversions you have to do reduces data integrity and accuracy. Going from FE mesh to surfaces then to an IGES conversion then to a solid and then finally to a .stl file? What a pain in the extreme lower back!! There has got to be a better way!!
Cessna Aircraft Co.
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