A rapid prototyping standard data output, the STL file is crucial in 3D printing. To design a 3D model, different types of software are used including CATIA. However, 3D printing requires a file with STL extension for better production monitoring. Here is why you should use CAD / CAM services for CATIA STL to model.

Using CAD / CAM Services for CATIA STL to Model

When it comes to 3D printing, a file that matter more than all others is the STL file. The STL file is a rapid prototyping standard data output. Why is it important? you can use different types of software, which includes CATIA, to design a 3D model. However, for better production monitoring during 3D printing, you will need a file with STL extension. For this reason, using CAD / CAM services for CATIA STL to model makes a lot of sense.

CAD / CAM services use specific guidelines when converting your CAD designs to 3D printable STL file from different CAD platform including CATIA. Also, they know well that they can design a 3D model using different software but for printing, they need a file with STL file for better production monitoring.

CAD / CAM services can create STL files from CATPart files using CATIA V5. Also, since STL files in CATIA cannot be created from assemblies (CATProduct files) or geometrical representations, CAD / CAM services save source files, includes those present in a neutral format, as CATParts. Also, if there is a need to save source design as an assembly, CAD / CAM services make sure to import CATIA as CATProduct. Moreover, to create an STL file from it, CAD / CAM services first convert it to a multi-bodied part. They follow a set procedure to do this.

Often, CAD / CAM services save STL files in CATIA V5 using the special add-on module. Occasionally, some of the components in CATIA may not align correctly in the combined part because of the way the original assembly was designed. Luckily, CAD / CAM services have the required CATIA STL to model expertise to align parts.

The best about using CAD / CAM services for converting STL files is that CAD / CAM services can convert an STL file into some sort of meaningful solid CAD data. Additionally, they can recreate the data using the STL file as a reference. For these reasons and more, CAD / CAM services are the best choice for converting STL files in CATIA into solid CAD data/models.

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This article was last Updated on February 10, 2022

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