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Why does a stl part not display in Draft?

hey guys,

I have  vendor part that im adding into my assembly.

its an stl. 

i need the part to show in my draft of the assembly which it does not.

i just need it visible. i can see it correctly in the part file itself (RMB>show all> surfaces)

but when i try and create a drawing of the assembly the stl. part does not appear.

it also shows in the properties as  "hidden" 

any suggestions?.Capture.PNG







Re: Why does a stl part not display in Draft?

Honored Contributor
Honored Contributor

STL and many other file formats are surfaces only. Not solids. In ST9 the default files have surface display turned off. In both the model and in draft, you have to go turn surface display on.

Re: Why does a stl part not display in Draft?

Gears Esteemed Contributor Gears Esteemed Contributor
Gears Esteemed Contributor

Hi there @precisionmounting,


Currently ".STL" is a "reference only" file type [new tools to handle facet models, coming in ST10] no handling of it further than viewing in the 3D modelling environment....and draft settings don't recognise it, not even as surface [construction] data.


One work around [if you don't have too many items] is to save the ".STL" to the ".IFC" format [pretty much the ONLY file type to allow it]....then open and save to overwrite the same SE part file. You will then have a viewable model for use in drafting, however, it will be heavily faceted. This will very evident if you have "shaded with edges" as your view display. [which is my standard]




Sean Cresswell
Design Manager Streetscape Ltd
Solid Edge 2019 [MP7] Classic [x3 Seats - Cloud Enabled]
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Re: Why does a stl part not display in Draft?

Gears Phenom Gears Phenom
Gears Phenom



STL is a facet body, not more... @SeanCresswell's solution works well, I like it! Thnx my friend.


You can show stl file in draft directly, if you use "Create draft quality drawing views" option... Your drawing view will not be so perfect (line width...), but very quick. Don't convert it to HQDV! Smiley Wink


Solid Edge ST10 brings something new solution on this area... Yes! 

Here is a video: