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How can I turn an imported stl body in to a reference?

Question asked by Benjamin Ruppel on Mar 17, 2015
Latest reply on Mar 18, 2015 by John Stoltzfus

Hello,

 

I have started with an .stl file and I am having trouble reverse engineering it (I believe in Inventor in 2002 I could just import as a surface and extrude solids to fill the surface.. but I digress).

 

I have access to ScanTo3D but it hasn't been very cooperative.  I was able to cut the stl in half (symmetry), reducing the faces and allowing solidworks to import it as a body.  I was then able to create a sketch to capture the required dimensions off of it by referencing the imported features..

 

Now I want to recreate the body in solidworks using features, but I don't want the imported stl geometry hanging around.  I get the feeling that if I delete the imported body, the references will become invalid, so I would imagine I want to suppress or change the imported body into a reference, but I can't find how to do that.

 

Any tips?

 

Thank you!

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