Re: Question on Solid View software

From: David K. Leigh (
Date: Wed May 09 2001 - 15:26:44 EEST

I'm pretty sure the slant your engineer has is that it does not convert from .stl to .igs. From their standpoint, if you are wanting to give them an IGS file created from Solidview for them to create a solid model, it is pretty much impossible. The Solidview program pretty much creates an element for each triangle. It's a beast. But, as far as IGS to STL, it is passable. . . not necessarily the best.
David K. Leigh ph (254) 933-1000
Harvest Technologies, Inc. fax (254) 298-0125
Rapid Prototyping Services

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  From: Grelewicz, David
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  Sent: Tuesday, May 08, 2001 12:27 PM
  Subject: RE: Question on Solid View software


  I think your "engineer" friend needs to be educated a little bit more. Solidview will read in a surface iges file and convert it to an STL file. As you read in the surface iges file, it will open up a dialog window in which you can modify the tolerances associated with the STL generation. Solidview will also take an STL file and allow you to save it as an iges file which will contain tiny little triangle surfaces. I would personally avoid the iges export unless you enjoy mega files. Also, if your iges file has holes in it, your stl file will have holes as well. This will cause a problem building an RP part on a Z-Corp printer but is not as big a deal on a Thermojet or our CNC machining. I can't speak for any other RP equipment.



    -----Original Message-----
    From: []
    Sent: Tuesday, May 08, 2001 8:17 AM
    Subject: Question on Solid View software

    Hi all - I currently use Solid View PRO 3.55 w/IGS. I have routinely taken
    customers IGS files & generated an STL file (File| Save). I've had many jobs
    built by a wide variety of SBs.

    Conversely, I've also noticed that I could take a STL file & convert it into
    an IGS file (File|Save Object As| IGES Files). Both seem to work.

    Recently though, an engineer told me that Solid View can do neither
    conversion. Is she right & have I been fooling myself for years?


    Roy Sheppard, Jr.

    Roy Sheppard, Jr. CPMR
    Atlantic Technical Components, Inc.
    269 Heather Lane
    Franklin Lakes, NJ 07417
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