1 Reply Latest reply on Apr 12, 2016 6:13 PM by J. Mather

    Importing STL as Solid vs. Surface

    Russell White

      I think it would be helpful to have a check box "do this for all" in the dialog box that pops up when importing a STL as a solid when there are some surfaces in the STL as well. In this project, I'm not concerned with the surfaces and don't really want them to come into the model space, so I checked solid in the STL import options. But this object has over 54407 facets and I have been clicking "ok" on the dialog box as shown in the attached photo. I wished there was a mass response to say, ok to answer all.

        • Re: Importing STL as Solid vs. Surface
          J. Mather

          There are no solids in an stl file.

          An stl file is entirely planar surfaces.

          The planar surfaces might form a "watertight" un-ambiguous envelope that can be "knitted" into a faceted solid body.

          In general - stl is a poor format for using in an MCAD software.


          If your stl file is of reasonable quality - I can convert it to a solid for you if you zip and attach the file here.