David McKay

Curved surface not being smooth when exported in STL format

Discussion created by David McKay on Nov 24, 2020
Latest reply on Nov 25, 2020 by Wayne Matus

Hello, I used Splines and extrude to make a D shape. Although it looks smooth in Solidworks, the resulting 3D print does not. I can see a series of rectangular segments making up the curved surface. This shows up when I viewed the STL file using a viewer. How to create smooth surfaces so that they not only look smooth in Solidworks but also look smooth when printed using a 3D printer? Is there a setting to create smooth curve surfaces in STL format? 

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