Inventor Fusion

Inventor Fusion

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Is there any way to import a DXF or STL file?

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01-18-2013 04:10 PM

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?

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Re: Is there any way to import a DXF or STL file?

01-22-2013 12:17 AM in reply to: jvbeach37

Thanks for your feedback, we will consider it in future releases. Currently there is no tool for convertion.


Sally Yang
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Fusion 360 Quality Assurance Team
Autodesk, Inc.
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Re: Is there any way to import a DXF or STL file?

02-23-2013 12:07 PM in reply to: jvbeach37

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.



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Re: Is there any way to import a DXF or STL file?

02-23-2013 02:11 PM in reply to: fredhag

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.


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