RE: Best STL Repair Tools

From: Dan Davis (
Date: Fri Feb 04 2000 - 15:54:21 EET


I see that nearly all the responses were for Solid Works. As Doug Mitchell stated, most have only a limited budget and have used only one tool. Soild Works was the first on the market and marketed well to the US user making it the logical choice.

I am lucky and have used both Solid Works and Magics RP. I have to vote for Magics. The biggest difference IMHO is that the user interface is more friendly and intuitive. Also, automatic repair functions are available with one mouse click. The importable file size seems to be unlimited as long as you have a powerful enough computer to shorten the processing time. I have imported a 50Mb STL file from scan data with no problems (it did take 15+ minutes to load however). The shelling, boolean and slicing options are top-notch and the tooling package is handy. Naturally, YMMV.


-----Original Message-----
From: Terry T. Wohlers []
Sent: Thursday, February 03, 2000 6:47 PM
Subject: Best STL Repair Tools

Hello again,

Some rp-ml postings generate many responses. That's been my experience.
However, the recent one related to the best STL repair tools generated few
responses. Neil Hopkinson of De Montfort University kindly shared his
views. Thank you, Neil. Also, I heard from a producer of one software
product. I find it interesting that more people are not using STL tools.
In any case, I will try again.

Which software product offers the best STL model repair capabilities? I am
most interested in software that offers a high level of automation.

Thanks, in advance, for your thoughts.


Terry Wohlers
Wohlers Associates, Inc.
OakRidge Business Park
1511 River Oak Drive
Fort Collins, Colorado 80525 USA
Fax 970-225-2027

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