Stereolithography STL file import add-in for SpaceClaim
STL Import for SpaceClaim is a Stereolithography (.stl) file import add-in for SpaceClaim. This add-in gives SpaceClaim the ability to import geometric data from ASCII and Binary STL files.
STL Import for SpaceClaim reads polygon mesh data stored in STL files and imports it into SpaceClaim. A polygon mesh in a STL file is comprised of a set of triangular faces. STL Import for SpaceClaim creates trimmed planar surfaces for each triangle and knits them together to create a solid. The solid is then cleaned up so that adjacent coplanar faces are merged in single trimmed planar faces. If the polygon mesh is closed (i.e. it does not contain boundary edges) then STL Import for SpaceClaim will create a closed solid feature, otherwise an open surface will be created.
STL Import for SpaceClaim is very easy to use. It adds new commands to SpaceClaim. Once installed, it automatically loads itself into SpaceClaim and adds a new ribbon bar to SpaceClaim called "SYCODE" containing the newly added commands.
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Hardware, software and operating system requirements for SpaceClaim plug-ins running on the Microsoft Windows platform.
- SpaceClaim (32 Bit and 64 Bit): 2008 and 2009
- Operating System (32 Bit and 64 Bit): Windows XP SP2 or later, Windows Vista
- RAM: 1 GB (Recommended 2 GB)
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Download & Purchase
Please download a fully functional trial of STL Import for SpaceClaim by clicking "Download". To start using the software, you need a license key. A license key can be of two types: Trial or Permanent. A trial key is issued to you instantly and completely free of cost so that you may try the software before you purchase a license. A permanent key is issued after you have purchased a license. We are confident that during the trial period (10 days or runs, whichever is earlier) you will find STL Import for SpaceClaim extremely useful. Later when you decide to buy the software please return to this page and click the "Buy Now" button to place your order. In the order process you will be asked to enter your Host ID that appears in the "SYCODE License Server" dialog box (which appears when you run any of the "SYCODE" commands). We will create and send you your Key by e-mail within one business day. To avoid disruption in your workflow we urge you to place your order before the trial period ends.
IMPORTANT! Purchasing a Subscription is highly recommended since it the most cost effective way of keeping your software up to date. Moreover, Subscription entitles you to get a second free perpetual license for your laptop, among many other benefits. For details please read the SYCODE License and Subscription Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ).
Note: Downloading this software indicates your acceptance to the SYCODE Software License Agreement. The price mentioned above is for a single user license. For your bulk-licensing needs please contact us.Back to Top
Installation & Usage
Since STL Import for SpaceClaim is an add-in for SpaceClaim, it must be loaded into the SpaceClaim environment before it can be used. Please follow the simple instructions in the STL Import for SpaceClaim ReadMe document which is copied into the installation folder. After you have loaded the add-in file into SpaceClaim, simply click on the ribbon bar in SpaceClaim called "SYCODE" to run these new commands. Truly, software made simple!
The 'SYCODE' ribbon bar consists of the following commands:
- Import - Import a STL file
- Help - Display the STL Import for SpaceClaim help file
- Register - Register your copy of STL Import for SpaceClaim
- About - Display the STL Import for SpaceClaim About box
The STL Import for SpaceClaim ribbon bar
STL Import for SpaceClaim comes with detailed documentation for each command as well as a tutorial to get you started in the shortest possible time. There is also an online version of the help file which you can view by clicking the link below.
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The STL File Format
The STL file format is the Rapid Prototyping industry's standard data transmission format and is the format required to interact with stereolithography machines. Stereolithography files contain solids which are made up of 3 sided facets. STL files may be ASCII or binary data, although binary is far more common due to the resulting size of the CAD data when saved to the ASCII format. A STL file describes a raw unstructured triangulated surface by the unit normal and vertices (ordered by the right-hand rule) of the triangles using a three-dimensional Cartesian coordinate system. Many CAD systems are able to output the STL file format among their other formats, but very few have the ability to import STL files. Back to Top
Sycode Software Licensing Terms
Our licenses are single computer licenses and are locked to each computer they are installed on. Basically, the license key is specific to the computer's Host ID (the MAC address of the computer), and will not work on another computer. The installer picks up the physical MAC address of the network card connected to the computer which is basically “Ethernet adapter Network Connect Adapter”. So unless you change your network card, the key will always work even if you reinstall your operating system. If your internal network is periodically assigning a different Host ID to your computer, then please find a solution for this with your IT department.