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File Conversion

Valued Contributor
Valued Contributor

Is there a way to get Solid Edge to open an STL file and then save it out as 3D PDF.  I've tried it, but it just gives me a nondescript "file translation error" warning.


Re: File Conversion

Gears Esteemed Contributor Gears Esteemed Contributor
Gears Esteemed Contributor

Did you save it first as an SE file then try the PDF?

Bruce Shand
ST10 MP7 - Insight - Win10 - K4200

Re: File Conversion

Valued Contributor
Valued Contributor

Yes, I brought the STL file into SE saved it out, and then tried to save it as a PDF.  That's when I get the error.  In my experience, SE brings in STL files as faceted bodies, which are not good for much except viewing.  This is mainly due to how STL files are structured for building RP parts.  You can't really use them for assemblies or measuring or anything within SE.  The best tool I have found for dealing with STL files is the Solid View program from Proto Labs.

Re: File Conversion

Gears Phenom Gears Phenom
Gears Phenom

I am not able to reproduce this issue.

Can you share the STL file if possible.

What are your Solid Edge and MP versions ?


[EDIT]: Meanwhile, excited by knowing about SolidView which can handle STL files as non-dumb models, I downloaded it but was disappointed to learn it did not support measuring in the trial version. The full version seems to support measurements which is quite thrilling.