Revert STL file to solid

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Revert STL file to solid

Postby jferguson » Wed Jan 31, 2018 3:26 pm

I've discovered that some STL files can be reverted to STEP files (solids) which can then be imported into a solid modeling application, Creo in my case, and modified in some ways.
I used FreeCAD which i run on Ubuntu 16.04. I import an STL file into a FreeCAD session, run the mesh analyzer, auto-repair any problems found, convert to a shape, then to a solid and output a STEP file.

Then open the STEP file in Creo, and it's not paramtetric, but you can drill holes and add and subtract material from the solid.

I also tried reverting some STL files used for fuselage sections in a r/c plane but, alas, these files, despite printing well after slicing in Simplify3d had too many problems to convert.
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