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STL Quality
03-02-2013, 03:07 PM
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STL Quality
The STL's I would generate from my CAD program would come out with many corners turning circles into octagons.

There were settings in both solid works 2012 and CATIA V5 to use a higher point mesh, in turn improving quality.

In solid works you can click "options" when the "save as" screen pops up and you can change it from there. Extremely easy. Only slight downside is the file size is a little larger.

Hope this helps someone!
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03-02-2013, 03:29 PM (This post was last modified: 03-02-2013 03:38 PM by edkman.)
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RE: STL Quality
On the Alibre Home window, under Tools, Options...
In the System Options tree, in Interoperability/STL, there is a setting:
Normal Deviation - set this to the number of degrees per facet of arcs and rounds. The lower the number, the finer the facets.
In the Alibre Help, see “Setting Conversion Options - STL files“ for more details.

Good results are generally obtained with:
Maximum Cell Size of 0
Normal Deviation: 3 ← this will give 120 facets per circle. Make sure this number divides evenly into common angles like 30, 45, 90.
Surface Deviation: 0

Sketchup: has a similar setting for the number of facets per circle
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