I have an .stl file that basically composes an outside shell. I need this .stl file to be converted to a solid part so that I can save it as an .iges file to be used in Ansys. Does anyone know how to do this?
You will save yourself large amounts of work if you can convince the people supplying the .stl file to supply a .iges file instead.
If you can't do that, then you will probably have to model the part in SolidWorks based on the .stl file. It is usually best to use the .stl file as a scaffold around which you build your own part.
Select "STL (.stl)" instead of "All Files.
under "STL/VRML" tab, check box "Solid body.
Click Ok. browse to STL file, open.
Thanks Craig, but when I do this it comes up with the error "This STL model has too many surfaces." Thoughts?
Hmm, I have never had that happen. Could be a system issue? Got a lot of RAM?
the stl importer SW uses has an upper limit when it comes to trying to convert to a solid, regardless of your RAM. this file may exceed that.
talk to the people supplying the STL. tell them you need a different file type, or a lower resolution STL.
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