I have extensive experience with STL generation from CATIA. When ever I
received an STL file from CATIA the file was always small and easy to
process. Most of the files we generate from CATIA can be emailed. I think
you will find that the resolution chosen for your parts is way to high to be
producing such large files. Try a SAG value of 0.03 and "MAX size of
Triangles" of 200 (this will depend on the part). Solids and volumes convert
extremely well. To convert a surface model it would be better to join all the
faces together into a skin first. This eliminates the problems of reversed
normals and gaps.
I hope this can help?
DAN DAVIS, RAPID PROTOTYPE wrote:
> Brandon, Victor and all:
> I do have the v4.1.7 CATIA translator, but find that it creates really,
> really large STL files (i.e., a quarter scale, 10-spoke cast aluminum
> car wheel was over 7Mb). Do you find this also?
> I've heard that this was a problem at Chrysler in the past and they
> switched to the Brockware translator. I was wondering if this is still
> the case or is it that my engineers do not know what settings to use for
> the translation?
> Please keep in mind that I am not really a CAD expert -- I know just
> enough to get into trouble.......
> > Dan Davis
> > Division Head, RP&M
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> > ----------
> > From: Brandon Jacobsen[SMTP:email@example.com]
> > Sent: Monday, 16 March, 1998 19:32
> > To: DAN DAVIS, RAPID PROTOTYPE
> > Subject: Re: IGES to STL
> > Dan,
> > I am not familiar with brockware's CATIA to STL translator, but we
> > have done extensive work with the CATIA STL package
> > available in v4r1.7 and up. It is a little costly but it is an
> > excellent stl translator. The major advantage of the CATIA
> > translator is that you are 99.99% guaranteed a good STL file if you
> > have a Volume or solid. And an offset function that takes
> > a single stl of a skin and gives it thickness, which is great for
> > rapid tooling. If you have any questions please feel free
> > to call.
> > Brandon R. Jacobsen
> > Eagle Design & Technology, Inc.
> > phone: (616) 748-1022
> > fax: (616) 748-1032
> > "If one synchronized swimmer drowns, do the rest have to drown too?"
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