help with importing stl
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can anyone guide me through the process in importing a stl file. for some reason it still says IMPORTED on the left.


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Last comment By: Paul Salvador   Fri, 11 Jan 2019 22:31:05 GMT
Re: help with importing stl

Hello Roger,.. well, normally, the STL data imported should say "Imported" in the feature tree so, sounds like you did it properly.

..and what you will get is a translated STL (triangulated facets) into a solid body.... or, a Mesh Body?

..if you want to convert it into manageable surface/brep data,.. you need to either manually recreate it or use software which will help/assist with retopologizing (sp?) the facets into surface/brep data.  So,.. if it is a Mesh Body,.. you can "try" to convert it using the Mesh Tools..

2018 SOLIDWORKS Help - Creating a Surface From Mesh Feature

By: Paul Salvador  Thu, 10 Jan 2019 18:31:34 GMT
Re: help with importing stl

Try this one.  (See Attached.)

For geometry this simple - I think I would use this only as reference in recreating proper geometry.

By: J. Mather  Thu, 10 Jan 2019 18:37:12 GMT
Re: help with importing stl

hello J.mather

thank you for helping. I tried opening the stp file you provided but for some reason when it runs import diagnostics it does not like it and crashes.

By: Roger Fuentes  Thu, 10 Jan 2019 19:04:28 GMT
Re: help with importing stl

..really?..

"/* originating_system */ 'Autodesk Inventor 2019',"

By: Paul Salvador  Thu, 10 Jan 2019 20:33:40 GMT
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..attached is a native parasolid file..

natpara.png

By: Paul Salvador  Thu, 10 Jan 2019 20:39:25 GMT
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Why do you need to run import diagnostics?

You can use the import as is in any assembly.

By: Frederick Law  Thu, 10 Jan 2019 20:54:13 GMT
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J. Mather, they know you use Inventor.

Run, I'll cover you.

By: Frederick Law  Thu, 10 Jan 2019 20:55:24 GMT
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4 or 5 mb files for trivial geometry will kill that assembly performance pretty quickly.

By: J. Mather  Thu, 10 Jan 2019 21:42:40 GMT
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Why would you run import diagnostics on stl rubbish?

What did you expect? Yep, this here is fine rubbish. 

By: J. Mather  Thu, 10 Jan 2019 21:40:26 GMT
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I had a 40mb scan and it wasn't bad.

By: Frederick Law  Thu, 10 Jan 2019 21:51:23 GMT
Re: help with importing stl

i am trying to create the solid features from the stl file. is that possible? sorry i am new at this.

By: Roger Fuentes  Thu, 10 Jan 2019 22:04:42 GMT
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what i meant to say is "feature recognition"

By: Roger Fuentes  Thu, 10 Jan 2019 22:13:22 GMT
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That is not possible.

STL is for 3D printing ONLY.  Not for translating from one format to another.

You cannot reverse it to design.

You could use the STP model from J.Mather.  Measure and redraw.

Or try to get a STEP file from where ever you get the STL.

By: Frederick Law  Thu, 10 Jan 2019 22:16:18 GMT
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..yes, it is,.. if you apply some time/effort?

gee-really.png

By: Paul Salvador  Thu, 10 Jan 2019 22:47:57 GMT
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thank you paul i am recreating this as we speak. one question how would create this feature? i attached a picture for reference.Capture.PNG

By: Roger Fuentes  Thu, 10 Jan 2019 22:58:49 GMT
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..two ways,.. a Full Fillet Radius and as Sweep Cut (what you see).

By: Paul Salvador  Thu, 10 Jan 2019 23:01:04 GMT
Re: help with importing stl

Hello Paul Salvador,

If you have the time can you explain how you recreated that feature please. i am still having trouble with it. sorry i am new to this.

By: Roger Fuentes  Fri, 11 Jan 2019 17:19:18 GMT
Re: help with importing stl

Can you Attach the *.sldprt file of your attempt here?

What version of SolidWorks are you using?

By: J. Mather  Fri, 11 Jan 2019 19:08:56 GMT
Re: help with importing stl

Hello J. Mather ,

I am using solidworks 2017 and i have attached the solidworks file.

thank you.

By: Roger Fuentes  Fri, 11 Jan 2019 19:38:03 GMT
Re: help with importing stl

Hello Roger,.. sure, see attached showing 4 different ways you can do this...

fullrs1.png

By: Paul Salvador  Fri, 11 Jan 2019 19:37:50 GMT
Re: help with importing stl

hello paul i tried doing swept cut but it shows me thisCapture.PNG

By: Roger Fuentes  Fri, 11 Jan 2019 21:19:52 GMT
Re: help with importing stl

nevermind i figured it out, i had to use swept cut,, was using swept boss...rookie mistake. thank you everyone that took the time to help.

By: Roger Fuentes  Fri, 11 Jan 2019 21:27:22 GMT
Re: help with importing stl

..glad you got something going... also/fyi, (I forgot and was using a older version 2014).. one more way to cut with sweep, (in later versions)  is using the "Circular Profile" option with 25.4mm,.. so, no profile sketch is needed,... image attached.

circular profile.png

By: Paul Salvador  Fri, 11 Jan 2019 22:31:05 GMT
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