Stereolithography STL file import add-in for SolidWorks
STL Import for SolidWorks is a Stereolithography (.stl) file import add-in for SolidWorks®. This add-in gives SolidWorks the ability to import geometric data from ASCII and Binary STL files.
STL Import for SolidWorks reads polygon mesh data stored in STL files and imports it into SolidWorks. A polygon mesh in a STL file is comprised of a set of triangular faces. STL Import for SolidWorks creates trimmed planar surfaces for each triangle and knits them together to create a body. If the polygon mesh is closed (i.e. it does not contain boundary edges) then STL Import for SolidWorks will create a closed body feature, otherwise an open surface will be created.
STL Import for SolidWorks is very easy to use as it adds new commands to SolidWorks. It also adds a submenu to the SolidWorks menu called "STLImport".
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STL Import for SolidWorks is designed to work with the following versions of SolidWorks:
- SolidWorks 2010 (32 & 64 Bit)
- SolidWorks 2009 (32 & 64 Bit)
- SolidWorks 2008 (32 & 64 Bit)
- SolidWorks 2007
- SolidWorks 2006
- SolidWorks 2005
- SolidWorks 2004
- SolidWorks 2003
- SolidWorks 2001 Plus
- SolidWorks 2001
- SolidWorks 2000
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Below is the hardware, software and operating system requirements for SolidWorks add-ins running on the Microsoft Windows platform.
- SolidWorks (32 Bit and 64 Bit): 2000, 2001, 2001 Plus, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009 and 2010
- 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 this product 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. If during the trial period (10 days or runs, whichever is earlier) you find this product useful, you may 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 product commands). SYCODE will create and send you your key by email within 2 business days. To avoid disruption in your workflow, place your order before the trial period ends.
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Subscription is highly recommended since it will keep your software up to date and grants 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).
- Downloading this software indicates your acceptance to the SYCODE Software License Agreement.
- The price mentioned above is for a single user license. Volume discounts available. Please contact sales for more information.
- Customization of product available from vendor. Please fill out vendor form to get more information.
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Installation & Usage
Since STL Import for SolidWorks is an add-in for SolidWorks, it must be loaded into the SolidWorks environment before it can be used. Please follow the simple instructions in the STL Import for SolidWorks ReadMe document which is copied into the installation folder. After you have loaded the add-in file into SolidWorks, Simply click on the menu items in the "STLImport" submenu to run these new commands. Truly, software made simple!
The 'STLImport' submenu consists of the following commands:
- Import - Import a STL file
- Help - Display the STL Import for SolidWorks help file
- Register - Register your copy of STL Import for SolidWorks
- About - Display the STL Import for SolidWorks About box
The STLImport submenu
STL Import for SolidWorks 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.
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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.