Re: [rp-ml] .stl translation question

From: John Eric Voltin <>
Date: Thu Dec 16 2004 - 01:02:16 EET

There are several tools available to do this, but all of them are relatively expensive and I have yet to see an easy method for doing this. You need a tool that can fit larger surfaces to groups of triangles. In addition to the STL file, you may want to request the scan data in a point cloud format as well. Some tools work better with point clouds as opposed to STL files.

Paraform, Raindrop GeoMagic, and Surfacer (now owned by EDS) are used for this purpose. Additionally, Icemsurf (spelling?) may be useful, although I am not that familiar with Icemsurf's capabilities.

Unless you know someone with the tools and experience necessary to do this, I would suggest talking with a service bureau that processes scan data.

 - John

John Eric Voltin
Mechanical Engineer
Agile Technology
  ----- Original Message -----
  From: Good, Jim
  Sent: Wednesday, December 15, 2004 3:18 PM
  Subject: [rp-ml] .stl translation question

  Can anyone tell me if there is an easy way (or even a hard way!) to convert a .stl file back to an IGES file format or another CAD format?


  I'm having some parts laser scanned and I need the baseline file in an IGES format to post-process my scanned data.


  Thank you in advance.


  Jim Good


  Muniz Engineering

  In Situ Fabrication and Repair (ISFR)



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