RE: STL files

Date: Thu Apr 15 1999 - 16:38:03 EEST

        -----Oorspronkelijk bericht-----
        Van: Elaine Hunt []
        Verzonden: donderdag 15 april 1999 13:39
        Onderwerp: Fwd: STL files

>I know convert a solid model into a meshed model, but, can I do the

        Bart Kooijmans: Judging from your email adress you are a student,
and I feel everyone is entitled to an answer, even if it is common knowledge
to most others on this list. As the stl file only describes the surface of
your model, you have lost all information regarding the way the original
file was made. Some software can do simple editing to these stl files but it
is impossible to retrieve all the information you need to transform it back
to pro engineer or other. All I ever managed to do was to read an stl back
into my CAD programme "POWER-SHAPE" from DELCAM (UK) all the triangels were
wires, in which I could make surfaces. Then I tried to draw new surfaces
using this model as a basis. This was no succes for editing nore for
accuracy, and turning it into a solid was too much for the software. Maybe
it could have worked for simple smaller models, I never tried ever since...

        Good luck,


N.M.J.P. Kooijmans, B.Sc.
Prototyping Engineer Phone: +31
15 2608 729
Production Development Division Fax: +31 15 2608 725
Oostsingle 209, P.O. Box 5073 E-mail:
2600 GB Delft, the Netherlands

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