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Models, Exports and moving into STL format?

 
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jtakai



Joined: 15 Aug 2009
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PostPosted: Sat Aug 15, 2009 6:24 pm    Post subject: Models, Exports and moving into STL format? Reply with quote

Hey everyone,
New user, love the software. My question is this:

Does anyone have experience outputting models into a format for printing on a 3D printer (rapid prototyping machine)? I have a dimension 3D printer and would like to output my models in a 3d solid form but can't find the best path to go from Stella (Great Stella) to .stl format. Anyone done this before?

Thanks,

JT
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robertw
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Joined: 10 Jan 2008
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Location: Melbourne, Australia

PostPosted: Tue Aug 18, 2009 1:38 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Hi,

I wish I had a 3D printer! You can probably find a way to convert from .OBJ format to .STL, but I'm afraid I don't know how off-hand.

One tip: always export your model from the stellation view. In this view, only the externally visible parts of faces are exported, ie only the outer shell. Your 3D printer may have trouble with intersecting faces otherwise.

Maybe if you offer to send me some 3D printed models of my choosing then I could add the .STL export feature Wink

Rob.
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jtakai



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PostPosted: Wed Aug 19, 2009 4:09 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

OK, I could consider doing that!
Let me know which models you are interested in having printed and I'll run some numbers on the time/FDM material it would take... Having a direct STL export function would be a nice addition!
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Antlab



Joined: 11 Jul 2013
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PostPosted: Thu Jul 11, 2013 2:19 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Hi,
sorry to resume this old thread, but today I read again about Stella, and I am deciding for the purchase. But for me an important point would be the possiblity to export or directly in .stl or in a 3D format easily convertible in .stl, for 3D printing services.
How does the latest version of Stella handle the issue?
Thanks.
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robertw
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PostPosted: Thu Jul 11, 2013 2:32 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

You're in luck, because as of version 5.0 Great Stella and Stella4D can now export 3D models directly to .STL format.
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Antlab



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PostPosted: Thu Jul 11, 2013 3:28 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Very good news,
thanks a lot.
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