RE: stl reader for Copyright application

From: Steven Adler \( A3DM \) (
Date: Sat May 03 2003 - 02:14:39 EEST

I was aware that you could export VRML from Rhinoceros but, I do not
believe that you can import this format. I would imagine with some
effort anything can be extracted however, VRML by vitue of it's intended
purpose on the web, is greatly abbreviated in file size for viewing only

Any other programmers want to chime in here..... Has anyone reversed
engineered a design from a VRML file..?


Steven Adler

Automated 3D Modeling, Inc


>>>>>-----Original Message-----
>>>>>[] On Behalf Of Bathsheba Grossman
>>>>>Sent: Friday, May 02, 2003 6:03 PM
>>>>>Subject: RE: stl reader for Copyright application
>>>>>On Fri, 2 May 2003, Steven Adler ( A3DM ) wrote:
>>>>>> If you are just trying to give a visualization tool, may
>>>>>I suggest that
>>>>>> you use VRML as an output file type instead of STL. This
>>>>>will allow the
>>>>>> user to use an ordinary browser and would also limit
>>>>>your exposure to
>>>>>> the public domain.
>>>>>> The STL format, from my perspective, reveals too much
>>>>>data that could in
>>>>>> fact encourage abuse of your designs. If you are working in a
>>>>>> collaborative effort with agreements in place, STL makes
>>>>>sense because
>>>>>> it can be easily compressed and shared with tools like
>>>>>> software COMMUNICATOR and STLZIP.
>>>>>> Does this make sense...?
>>>>>Not really, because a VRML file that looks like an STL
>>>>>file contains
>>>>>exactly the same information as that STL file. VRML is a
>>>>>public ASCII
>>>>>format that is not difficult to parse; indeed Rhinoceros
>>>>>(to name one)
>>>>>can read it without preprocessing.
>>>>>Bathsheba Grossman phone (831)429-8224,
>>>>>fax (831)460-1242
>>>>>Sculpting geometry
>>>>>Solidscape prototyping

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