hi i have the student version of solidworks and i am planning on getting a 3d printer but i cannot save as an stl is there a way for me to get this option?
Welcome to SW forums Joe.
There is no direct way but if you can post the fie here, some may change/save/convert that to STL for you (provided that is legal )
Make sure if you do post your file that you specify what version
of solidworks you are using.
Scott, STL file should not have any issues with the SW versions
I was just thinking if someone wanted to do it for him that had
a later version they couldn't open it up if he had 2010.
File>Print 3D... will work with some 3D printers. I have not tried it on the student version. Which kind of 3D printer are you talking about?
You mention "getting" a 3D printer, so I assume this is for yourself, so I will guess that this will probably not work. Let us know, though.
STUDENT VERSIONS CANNOT SAVE-AS ANY TYPE OF EXPORT TYPE FILE!!!!!!!!!!!! ONLY THE EDUCATIONAL CAN BUT NOT THE STUDENT.
TO MANY COMPANIES WERE HAVING THEIR WORKERS BUY THE STUDENT VERSION FOR WORK AND EXPORT TO OTHER THINGS LIKE IGES FOR MACHINIST.
If you have the cabbage for a 3D printer, you oughta have the cabbage for a full version of SW, no?
Don't get me started!!! I used to do demos when i worked for the VAR....we'd go to a machine shop and the guy would say...thats too dam expensive!!! I would ask them if you had to buy some tooling or drill press or saw or whatever for the the shop and it was 4k would you buy it? the would say hell yah I can use it again and again and... I would say isn't SW a tool and you can use it again and again and...... they would say... no really it was just a bank stare back at me and then they would say you don't know what your taking about...then i would tell them I'm a machinist that happened to being working for the VAR and showed them the work I did and they still were to damn cheap....if they don't understand or can put their hands on it they bail.
those of us in the know, know a little better...
Yeah, its just unbelievable that people running businesses have this mindset. Talk about shooting yourself in the foot .....
Joe is highly likely to be building his own MakerBot, RepRap or something of that ilk. You do not need to buy from the mainstream manufacturer to get a 3D printer.
Anyone can go out and buy a 3D printer..... Way more fun to build your own.... Great project for a college student.
This popped up a while ago, not sure if the loophole has been closed...
Open the SLDPRT file in eDrawings >> Save as type >> STL
Google for more info
Well I didn't know that but we have educational and we can do all the samethings as the commercal, except everything gets watermarked with for use with educational only.
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