RE: History of .stl format

From: Cooper, Ken (
Date: Wed Jan 15 1997 - 20:15:46 EET

>From what I understand ".stl" is so called from STereoLithography, as it
was one of the first RP technologies, and the name just stuck. It's
like saying "Skil Saw" instead of "circular saw". Anyone please correct
me if I'm wrong, I'm interested as well.

Ken Cooper

>From: Reggie Ponder[]
>Sent: Wednesday, January 15, 1997 9:04 AM
>Subject: History of .stl format
>Hello all--
>Does anyone out there no what .stl stand for? How was it established as
>the format of choice among most RP equipment and CAD vendors? Who
>developed it? Who named it? etc.
>Reginald Ponder
>Laboratory Manager
>Rapid Prototyping & Manufacturing Institute
>Georgia Institute of Technology
>Manufacturing Research Center
>813 Ferst Drive
>Atlanta, GA 30332-0406
>404.894.7688 telephone
>404.894.0957 fax

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