Check how to convert files into STL

SOLIDWORKS

  1. File > Save As
  2. STL > Options
  3. For a smoother STL file, change the Resolution to Custom
  4. Change the deviation to 0.01 mm
  5. Change the angle to 5 (smaller deviations and angles will produce a smoother file, but the file size will get larger)

NX

  1. File > Export > STL
  2. Rapid Prototyping dialogue box will appear
  3. Output Type: Binary
  4. Binary STL files are much smaller than STL files saved in ASCII format
  5. Triangle Tolerance: 0.015 mm
  6. This is the maximum distance allowed between the surface of the original design and the tessellated surface of the STL triangle, and affects the smoothness of the model surface
  7. Adjacency Tolerance: 0.015 mm
  8. This determines if two adjacent surface attach. If the distance between the two surfaces is less than this setting, they are considered attached. This setting must be less than the printing resolution. For example, when printing models at a resolution of 30 micrometers (microns), the setting must be no more than 0.03 mm.
  9. Auto Normal Gen: Check box
  10. Normal Display: Check box
  11. Triangle Display: Check box
  12. Click OK
  13. Export Rapid Prototyping dialogue box will appear
  14. Name your file and click OK

PTC CREO

  1. File > Export > Model
  2. Set type to STL
  3. Set chord height to 0. The field will be replaced by minimum acceptable value
  4. Set Angle Control to 1
  5. Click OK

IRONCAD

  1. Right-click on the part
  2. Click Part Properties > Rendering
  3. Set Facet Surface Smoothing to 150
  4. File > Export
  5. Select .STL

CATIA

  1. Select STL command (we recommend setting maximum segmentation to 0.015 mm)
  2. Select the model > Yes > Export

AUTODESK INVENTOR

  1. Select IPro > Print > 3D Print Preview
  2. Select Options and choose desired resolution and click OK
  3. Within the preview window, select Save Copy As or Send to 3D Print Service
  4. Save As type to STL File (*.stl)

TINKERCAD

Design > Download for 3D Printing > .STL

SOLIDEDGE

  1. Application Button > Save As (opens dialog box)
  2. From the Save As drop down menu, select STL documents (*.stl)
  3. Select the Options button from the Save As dialog box
  4. Adjust Conversion Tolerance and Tolerance Units (millimeters recommended)
  5. The lower the conversation tolerance, the finer the tessellation
  6. Adjust the Surface Plane Angle (dependent your desired surface smoothness)
  7. The lower the surface plane angle, the greater the accuracy (noticeable in small details)
  8. As a rule, the finer the tessellation and the greater the accuracy, the larger the size of the STL file, and the longer it takes to generate it
  9. Under Output File as: Check Binary
  10. Binary STL files are much smaller than STL files saved in ASCII format
  11. Click OK > Save

AUTOCAD

  1. At the command prompt type FACETRES
  2. Set FACETRES to 10
  3. Type STLOUT
  4. Select the objects
  5. Press Enter for Create a binary STL file? [Yes/No]
  6. Enter Filename
  7. Save

AUTODESK 3DS MAX

  1. File/Application Menu > Export
  2. Select type StereoLitho *.stl
  3. Enter Filename
  4. Select Binary
  5. Save
  6. OK

BLENDER

  1. File > Export > STL
  2. Enter Filename
  3. Select location
  4. Click button Export STL

SOLIDWORKS STUDENT DESIGN KIT

  1. File > Save As…
  2. Set type to eDrawings(*.eprt)
  3. Click Options…
  4. Check Allow export to STL for Parts & Assemblies
  5. OK
  6. Enter Filename
  7. Save
  8. Open part in eDrawings
  9. File > Save as… > select type STL Files (*.stl)
  10. Save

AUTODESK FUSION 360

  1. File > 3D print
  2. Uncheck the option to Send to 3D Print Utility.
  3. ok
  4. If the OK button becomes unselectable after unchecking the Send to 3D Print Utility option, the geometry has to be
  5. selected again. To do this, click the mouse button on the geometry that you wish to export. The OK button will then appear.