RE: Best STL Repair Tools

From: Vince Jesus (
Date: Fri Feb 04 2000 - 18:07:47 EET

We use SolidView for the sole purpose of converting iges files to STL and/or
adding drain holes for trapped volume. Keith, that is a true statement about
using Lightyear for GP fixes. We usually go back to the CAD source and fix
the model so that we get a clean STL. It probably goes back to peoples
comfort zone. One issue that may be useful in evaluating is processing time,
setting up STL file nestings and shelling or efficient repairing( how
reliable is the repair).

Vince Jesus, Model Shop Mgr.
Microsoft, Corp.

-----Original Message-----
From: Keith Nybakke []
Sent: Friday, February 04, 2000 7:18 AM
Subject: RE: Best STL Repair Tools

I have been using DeskArtes Rapid Tools products for a while now and find
it quite good for my purposes. However, I don't often use Rapid Tools for
repair because 3DVerify in Maestro and Lightyear are almost always good
enough for general purpose STL file repair. There have been a few times
where RapidTools allowed me to use a file that I wouldn't have been able to
build without Rapid Tools.

I generally use DA Rapid Tools for shelling or voxel offsetting to reduce
resin useage in "chunky" parts and to cut parts that are larger than my
3500 platform. I don't use Rapid Tools to slice, build supports or to
tessellate. I do use it for some other special purposes, too.

I am evaluating DeskArtes' NT product, 3Data Expert, but don't have
anything to say about it yet.

Best Regards,
Keith Nybakke

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