STL

Understanding 3D Printing File Formats

3D Printing File Format

STLs, OBJs, CMBs, Oh My! With so much file extension alphabet soup going on, it is hard to know what-is-what and when-to-use-which when it comes to 3D file formats. Compound that with a myriad of different 3D printing technologies and it is easy to get overwhelmed and fall back…

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Optimize 3D Printing from SOLIDWORKS with Print3D

Optimize 3D Printing

Optimizing part designs for 3D printing production relies heavily on using the right tools. SOLIDWORKS has taken the initiative to create a 3D design software environment that is intuitive and aids manufacturers in designing 3D printed parts. You can avoid additive manufacturing problems by leveraging…

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How to 3D Print from SOLIDWORKS with the Print3D Tool

SOLIDWORKS 3D Print

As 3D printing becomes more common in the workplace, users are turning to SOLIDWORKS to better understand their designs in the context of 3D printing. SOLIDWORKS offers several 3D print visualization and analysis tools and all of them can be accessed through the Print3D tool (File > Print3D). Let’s take…

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3 Reasons for Using SOLIDWORKS SLDPRT Files Instead of STL for 3D Printing

SOLIDWORKS STL in GrabCAD Print

When you first put an STL file next to an SLDPRT file in GrabCAD Print, you might have noticed it can be difficult to tell them apart. However, looks can be deceiving, and the native SOLIDWORKS SLDPRT file format packs a surprising amount of functionality…

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Reduce Mesh Body Complexity with the SOLIDWORKS 2020 Decimate Mesh Tool

SOLIDWORKS Decimate Mesh Tool

New in the 2020 release of SOLIDWORKS comes even more capability to work with imported mesh files! As is often the case with scanned geometry, the number of graphics triangles (facets) can be overwhelming for many SOLIDWORKS users’ hardware. It usually is also excessive for…

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How to convert CAD to STL for 3D Printing

Pictured above the control panel for STL conversion in SOLIDWORKS.

How CAD files are exported to STL is an important process for accurate building of parts. The step by step process for converting CAD to STL was taken straight from the mentioned companies websites. STL Definition STL is the standard file type used by most…

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Choosing the right Stratasys 3D Printer Slicer Tool

Stratasys 3D Printer Slicer Tools: GrabCAD Print vs. Insight GrabCAD Print and Insight are both specifically tailored for Stratasys 3D printers. The main difference here is that GrabCAD Print was built for Stratasys’ Idea Series and Design Series printers and Insight was built by Stratasys for their…

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Working with Mesh data in SOLIDWORKS 2018

Anyone who has needed to work with mesh data knows how much of a pain it is to get anything from it inside of SOLIDWORKS. SOLIDWORKS 2018 introduces new ways you can utilize mesh data offering many more possibilities than ever before. This works for…

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Creating a Surface from a Mesh Feature in SOLIDWORKS 2018

When a *.stl or *.obj file is imported into SOLIDWORKS, the 3D model opens in a tessellated or meshed form. All faces are broken into some triangular faces. Round faces will have more segments than flat faces. In SOLIDWORKS 2017 a *.stl file could be…

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