Re: Multiple Parts saved as One STL file

From: Jeffrey Everett (
Date: Fri Dec 13 2002 - 19:23:37 EET

I may be way off, but here's an idea no one presented. Ask the designer to
fix the part so there are no overlapping edges...

Jeffrey Everett

----- Original Message -----
From: "Scott Tilton" <>
To: <>
Sent: Friday, December 13, 2002 7:40 AM
Subject: Multiple Parts saved as One STL file

> Hi guys,
> I have a STL file of an assembly that was created in SDRC I-DEAS.
> The person who did all the design work on it, while still in I-DEAS,
> all the individual parts into one supposedly solid piece. Then he
> that merged piece out as an STL file and is asking me to make a model of
> for him.
> The problem is that when I go and look at the preview of the laser scans
> each layer, I can clearly see that it is still taking each individual
> of the original assembly and treating it as if it were a separate element.
> Anywhere two of the elements overlap . .. the Sinterstation is actually
> going to scan those areas twice (or three times if there are three objects
> occupying the same space)
> I had the same problem with some architectural models that were sent to me
> one time . .and the architect was able unify or merge all the parts in a
> different way so they became one completely solid piece.
> He was working in some AutoDesk product or another though, so he couldn't
> help with IDEAS.
> Anyone have any sort of clue how to handle this?
> I'd hate to have to resort to exporting everything out in IGES (or some
> other format) and then importing it again and finally saving it as an STL.
> Any help would be greatly appreciated.
> Thanks
> Scott Tilton

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