From: Ron Barranco (email@example.com)
Date: Tue May 14 2002 - 02:10:51 EEST
Ron Barranco StationerySTL Import for AutoCAD is a plug-in for AutoCAD
2000/2000i/2002. This plug-in gives AutoCAD the ability to import graphical
data from ASCII as well as binary Stereolithography (STL) files.
STL Import for SolidWorks is an add-in for SolidWorks 2001. This add-in
gives SolidWorks the ability to import graphical data from ASCII as well as
binary Stereolithography (STL) files.
The .STL file format has become the Rapid Prototyping industry's standard
data transmission format and is the format required to interact with
Stereolithography machines. The STL format very closely approximates the
surfaces of a solid model with triangles.
Stereolithography files contain solids which are made up of 3 sided facets.
STL Import reads these triangular surfaces and knits them into a solid in a
new SolidWorks part document. If the attempt to knit the surfaces into a
solid succeeds, the solid appears as the base feature (named Imported1). If
the surfaces represent multiple closed volumes, then one part is made for
each closed volume. If the attempt to knit the surfaces fails, the surfaces
are grouped into one or more surface features (named Surface-Imported1, 2,
STL Import is very easy to use as it adds a new file type to the SolidWorks
File Open dialog box. To import a STL file select Open from the File menu.
Select "Stereolithography Files (*.stl)" from the "File of type" combo box
and select a STL file to import. A new part document will be created
containing the imported STL file.
For more info see www.rpware.com
For more information about the rp-ml, see http://rapid.lpt.fi/rp-ml/
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