I have been doing 3D graphics for awhile and this is my first venture into CAD. I have many DXF files created by Strata Design 3D and Poser and would love to import those files. I know I can't do this directly. Are there any plug ins or converters I could use? I am also surprised that fusion can export STL files but can not import them. How can I import a STL file?
Thanks for your feedback, we will consider it in future releases. Currently there is no tool for convertion.
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Just to add another user for weight on the requet, STL has become a very popular format. It might not be very robust but several repositories use it for sharing designs. In fact, it's not worth picking up Inventor Fusion without that feature becasue I would need to use another tool for conversion and might as well use that one for the design work.
STL files are polygon/faceted models. You can use a polygon modeler on them but these are not solid modelers.
Fusion is a solid modeler. There are some tools to convert stl to solid but you fill find round features difficult to work with.
This is due to the fact that a facet modeler has to represent curved faces as flat triangle faces.
If you feel a polygon modeler is a better solution I can understand, but you will lose the power and precision of solids modeling that Fusion offers.