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wilkhui
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Message 11 of 27 (789 Views)

Re: Converting STL file to solid?

04-09-2013 09:12 AM in reply to: BLHDrafting

Hi Brendan,

 

Thanks for the update - the intention of the Labs plugin is to be a technology preview so if you have any feature requests or specific feedback then I'm sure the Mesh Enabler team would be happy to hear about them!

 

The links on the right of their page provide ways to get in touch:

http://labs.autodesk.com/utilities/inventor_mesh

 

Best wishes,

Indy



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Message 12 of 27 (785 Views)

Re: Converting STL file to solid?

04-09-2013 09:32 AM in reply to: BLHDrafting

BLHDrafting wrote:

Yes Indy, it worked, although the output created a lot of faces.

 


I didn't try on your model, but you might be able to use Delete Face with Heal option to simplify faces (especially the planar faces.  Looks like Rhino does a much better job.

It would also be nice if Inventor recognized cylindrical faces - it doesn't look like Rhino did (try measure radius).

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Re: Converting STL file to solid?

04-09-2013 03:06 PM in reply to: JDMather

JD, Delete Face with Heal cleaned up the large flat faces but touching any of the curves/fillets resulted in very odd and unusable results. Thanks for your input.

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Message 14 of 27 (765 Views)

Re: Converting STL file to solid?

04-10-2013 01:11 AM in reply to: BLHDrafting

Hi Brendan,

 

Could you clarify what you mean by odd/unusable results?

 

The nature of a mesh means that this model is made of planar faces, so if you zoom in far enough you'll find that everything is actually a straight edge.

 

Hope this helps,

Indy



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Message 15 of 27 (746 Views)

Re: Converting STL file to solid?

04-10-2013 02:07 PM in reply to: wilkhui

Indy, if I do the Delete Face with Heal on the outward rounded corners they turn into triangules or square (see picture). Similar with trying to turn the internal holes in rounds.

 

11-04-2013 7-06-08 AM.png

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Message 16 of 27 (728 Views)

Re: Converting STL file to solid?

04-11-2013 12:36 AM in reply to: BLHDrafting

Hi Brendan,

 

Sorry that this doesn't meet your expectations but I'd like to clarify what I meant above by 'everything is actually a straight edge'.

 

If you take a look at the snapshot below, I've zoomed in to an area of the model that looks like it may be round but this isn't the case upon inspection - you'll notice that it is a series of planar faces and this is typical of this type of file. I don't think that Delete Face can be expected to give the 'round' result you'd like to see.

 

CARRIAGE_stl_not_round.png

 

The only method that I am aware of to make features from this kind of file is to remodel, but if anyone else knows of a way to 'convert' these shapes then please share.

 

I hope this makes sense but please feel free to follow up and I'll do my best to help.

 

Thanks,

Indy



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Message 17 of 27 (708 Views)

Re: Converting STL file to solid?

04-11-2013 02:30 PM in reply to: wilkhui

Thanks for the explanation Indy.

Brendan Henderson

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Message 18 of 27 (549 Views)

Re: Converting STL file to solid?

11-26-2013 07:32 AM in reply to: wilkhui
Can you explain how to use Mesh Enabler plug-inn, please? Thx.
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Re: Converting STL file to solid?

11-26-2013 08:05 AM in reply to: nenaddj69

Hi nenaddj,

Paul Munford has written a detailed guide here.

You may also find the Mesh Enabler forum useful.

Hope this helps!
Indy



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Message 20 of 27 (536 Views)

Re: Converting STL file to solid?

11-26-2013 08:20 AM in reply to: wilkhui
Thank you for detailed instructions, but I option "convert to base feature" is not available when I right click on mesh feature. I have checked my Control Panel and Mesh Enabler is properly installed. I have checked Add-inn manager, Mesh Enabler is not there. I just don't understand what is happening. Could this mesh enabler be included in next Service Pack so we don't have to go through this hassle? Thx.

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