RE: [rp-ml] Software to subtract solid from mesh

From: Deelip Menezes <>
Date: Thu Dec 07 2006 - 08:24:15 EET

If you have AutoCAD you could try Mesh Booleans for AutoCAD
( Other wise you
could use the standalone program Mesh To Solid 3.0
( to convert a mesh (STL, OBJ, 3DM, 3DS) into a
solid (SAT, 3DM) and then use your solid modeling system to perform boolean
operations on them.

Deelip Menezes

-----Original Message-----
From: [] On Behalf
Of John McNeil
Sent: Thursday, December 07, 2006 9:15 AM
To: Rapid Prototyping (RPML)
Subject: [rp-ml] Software to subtract solid from mesh

Dear All,

I have been playing with CosmicBlobs (, and its
more serious sibling, CB Model Pro (http:// They both
make nice, printable, models, and my 8 year daughter can use them easily.
However, there is nothing precise, square or dimensional about the resulting
models. I want to take the resulting STL output, and add and/or subtract
solids made in a regular modeling package to precise dimensions.

The problem I am having is that the packages I have tried (Turbo CAD 3D and
Art of Illusion) have trouble converting the mesh to a solid so I can
boolean add or subtract. Usually, they just hang. I understand there are
programs (like Magics) designed just for workig with meshes. Would these
help me? What would you recommend that is not too expensive (my printer
already broke the bank :) )


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