When you are opening this stl file, what options are you selecting? There is an options button
in the open dialog window that allows you to open these types of file in certain forms.
Can you post your file here for us to try?
Question was, how to convert a stl to solid, not to open it, right?
I am struggling with the same problem. I use a 3d scanner to scan some models, but what is the best way to convert a stl/obj file to a solid cad model. Unfortunately i have not a premium license so i can't use the scanto3d option. Which way of reverse engineering do you guys use to get a solid file?
The old way and make some sketches on jpg?
M. Frank wrote:
... what is the best way to convert a stl/obj file to a solid cad model. ...
Given that stl files are coarsely faceted triangular faces, the best way, is to use only for reference in recreating native geometry.
There is (expensive) software that will convert organic shapes, but for engineering features - would still require manual editing.
AS J.Mather said the softwares to do this are very expensive and they take alot of time to try and get a usable model from.
their is RapidWork which comes with the NextEngine Scanner.
Rapidform and Geomagic Design from 3d Systems http://www.rapidform.com/products/xor/overview/
there some freeware out there too just search
but they are the DEVIL! I have wasted alot of hours just trying to learn and training is $2500