Learn about the limitations of using STL files in SOLIDWORKS when importing geometry.
- [Instructor] With the rise of rapid prototyping and 3D printing, the STL file format is becoming more and more critical to 3D design. When you create a 3D design, you will often have to export it as an STL file or import STL files when you want to send it to a 3D printer or a rapid prototyper. Let's look at the definition on Wikipedia. When you convert a file in SOLIDWORKS to an STL file, essentially what you do is similar to the graphic on the right. You can see here how the original shape was a sphere.
That's outlined in red. But then the STL file actually creates triangular nodes, making an approximation of the same shape. You can adjust the coarse or fineness of these triangles, making them bigger or smaller to get a better approximation of your shape. Once you've created this file, you'll then send it out to a 3D printing machine or export it to a rapid prototyper for manufacturing.
- Opening files from different versions of SOLIDWORKS
- Importing models from online sources
- Importing 3D files
- Importing 2D files
- Exporting 2D and 3D files