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Importing STL File and get snapping working in ST9

Gears Legend Gears Legend
Gears Legend

Hello,

have a question is it possible to import STL Files and get the snapping working?

An export to JT is already possible and there can snapped but in solid edge, it is only the graphic possible.

A export to step was also possible from SE9 but also a reimport makes the same fails.

I know already a way to do it, but the question is how it can done only with Solid Edge ST9.

 

Thank you very much for your help.

 

Best Regards

Wolfgang

8 REPLIES

Re: Importing STL File and get snapping working in ST9

Gears Phenom Gears Phenom
Gears Phenom

Hi,

 

Did you try to export to .ifc and import it again? This great idea is coming from @SeanCresswell. Smiley Wink

 

Here is a video:

 

BR,

 

Imics
http://solidedgest.wordpress.com/

Re: Importing STL File and get snapping working in ST9

Gears Legend Gears Legend
Gears Legend

Hello,

thank you very much for this brilliant idea.

Have try it before also but it was a 300 MB STL file and the IFC export was not going forward so I brake it.

Now I know it is possible and can test how big the file can be.

But I also know an IFC file over 300 MB is not working with SE9. Our best CAD PC with 64 GB memory was running out of memory.

It was only possible to save a JT but not to reopen the SE9 files.

We have here an open Call to Siemens but get not an answer about it.

Let me try and I post later here an answer for it.

 

Best Regards

Wolfgang

Re: Importing STL File and get snapping working in ST9

Gears Esteemed Contributor Gears Esteemed Contributor
Gears Esteemed Contributor

Hi @Wolfgang_1

 

 

 

updating to ST10 is no option?

 



regards
Wolfgang

Re: Importing STL File and get snapping working in ST9

Gears Legend Gears Legend
Gears Legend
Hello @hawcad

well it can be an option if ST2018 is comming than our office will go to version ST10.
I can privat test Solid Edge ST10.
But in our office we must use ST9 because so many extra tules are in use.
Most tule supplyer needs more time to get the updates done for every new SE version.

regards
Wolfgang

Re: Importing STL File and get snapping working in ST9

Gears Legend Gears Legend
Gears Legend

Hello,

here the first result with ST9 and STL import.

An import with an STL of 100 MB and an export to IFC with 700 MB is possible.

An import again into ST9 of an IFC of 700 MB is not possible.

For me is another known way to import this big IFC files possible with some different converter to ST9.

However, than I can use also direct the STL.

I do not need Solid Edge between the converting.

I need SE only at the end for import.

Now I go to ST10 hope it is here better.

 

Regards

 

 

Re: Importing STL File and get snapping working in ST9

Gears Legend Gears Legend
Gears Legend

Hello,
STL test done with ST10 not working or needs time more than an hour.
Brake it down. A little frustrating ST8 IFC import was better than in ST9 and now STL import in ST9 is better than in ST10.
For me (us) it is the reason not always use the newest version of Solid Edge to much bugs in it.

 

Update:

With MP5 for ST10 it is possible to import little STL files (Test with 10 MB) but if I try with an 300 MB STL file it creates only an empty ASM and PAR.

 

However snapping is bad in Solid Edge if I export to JT and open it in JT2Go it snaps all corners and points.

We need to import some Plants (Buildings and Equipment) from other devises and STL is one of the easy ways to generate and export to Solid Edge (9 not in 10) and JT for collaboration.   


regards
Wolfgang

Re: Importing STL File and get snapping working in ST9

Gears Phenom Gears Phenom
Gears Phenom

Hi,

 

Is this a scanned data? Did you try to slice it for 2, 3 or 4 pieces?

If the stl data is too large I often slice it for more pieces.

 

Just an idea!

 

BR,

Imics
http://solidedgest.wordpress.com/

Re: Importing STL File and get snapping working in ST9

Gears Legend Gears Legend
Gears Legend

Hello Imics,

 

no it is not a scanned data.

Have try it with the same sice like the one is already working in ST9.

In ST10 it´s written it support a bit STL.

Have done already an additional test with a much smaller STL (10 MB) and the importing was possible.

But the sapping was under 10 % of the shape working.

We have here the problem to get large plants to import for collaboration and drawings.

So our first point is to import, second is to snap it, third is to get a drawing from it.

3D Files from Plant software have most times shapes (triangle) and not volumes like SE.

The big point is now how to get fast and little shapes into SE.

I have already done the converting complete and get all shapes into 3D volumes but overall this files need already 31 GB workspace and if I try this now to load together with the already existing planning from our side I have no PC how can handle this anymore.

If Teamcenter Visualisation can create drawings this will be the answer for it Smiley Wink

 

best Regards

Wolfgang