is there any conversion of edrawings into usable 3-d file possible at all? I know that it can be saved in various 2-d files but any easm looks like only usable for visualization and dimensioning but not for any 3-d geometry.
If you have the Professional version of eDrawings, when you save the SolidWorks assembly as an .easm, there is an option to "Allow stl export". You can then save the easm file as an stl file. the stl file is a triangulated surface file and you have no control on the size of the triangles.
There is a control when you save a file as an stl. When doing save as "stl", open the "options" dialog box and adjust the resolution for the stl file. I think that setting is saved and used if you allow stl use on the edrawing.
Jeff, I did some testing and that setting did not have any effect on the stl file that was saved by eDrawings from the eprt file. It looks like it always uses the course setting.
I was afraid it made too much sense! Thanks for the input!
I understand that these adjustments are usefull if I make the easm from SW but my case is the opposite - I don't have the native CAD file. I have the easm only and since I can not save it to any other format than 2-D I guess it has been made without the stl - features. Thus, it can not be converted to 3-D model. Otherwise, how would I know if the stl can be imported?
eDrawings is a format that most people use specifically because it cannot be imported back into SolidWorks, or any other CAD software directly.
If you do not have the .stl file extension in your list of save as file types, then the easm file was not saved with that option turned on. Your only option would be to get the person to resend you the file with it turned on.
This was what I was looking for. Thanks!
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