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STL binary export has "solid" at beginning of file

Question asked by Bryn Wolfe on May 16, 2019
Latest reply on May 22, 2019 by Artem Taturevych

I export my Solidworks files to STL for use in other rendering apps. I always do this in binary to reduce file size. In some situation I want to look at the ascii equivalent so tried to convert the Solidworks-generated binaries to ascii, but every application I've tried fails to understand the file. Based on what I've read on the STL wiki at STL (file format) - Wikipedia , it suggest that a binary stl should NEVER start with the word "solid" because that's how most of them determine if the stl file they're loading is ascii or binary. Well, Solidworks puts "solid" at the beginning of every stl, binary or ascii, so I consider this a bug. Any chance this can be fixed?