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File Distribution Best Practices
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STL Files (*.stl)

Stereolithography is a three-dimensional printing process that makes a solid object from a computer image. The process, also called rapid prototyping, creates parts using a faceted mesh representation in STL files.

You can assign a unit of measure to a model for both import and export.

Import

The STL translator imports STL files as SolidWorks part documents. You have the option to import STL files as graphical data, solids, or surfaces. When you import STL files as graphical data, you can select the Import texture information check box to import texture information if this data exists.

SolidWorks assembly files that you export as STL files are imported into SolidWorks as part documents.

Export

The STL translator exports SolidWorks part and assembly documents as STL files. Click:

  • File, Save As to access STL export options and save the data in .stl format.

  • Print 3D (Standard toolbar) to print a prototype.

  • 3D Scan on the Task Pane SolidWorks Resources tab to access the SolidWorks ScanTo3D web site.

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