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Autoconverter

Autoconverter

Import, export and convert many of 3D file formats including STL (stereolithography), OFF (Object File Format), OBJ (Wavefront), 3DS (3D Studio), SKP (Google SketchUp) and more.

Automapki Application

Automapki Application

Overlay DWG drawing entities on top of public satellite imagery provided by Open Street Map, Map Quest, Open Aerial or any user defined WMS / WTS base layers.

Automesher Application

Automesher Application

Convert polyface mesh to solid and import / export many of 3D file formats including STL (stereolithography), OFF (Object File Format), OBJ (Wavefront), 3DS (3D Studio) and others.

Import and export STL, OBJ, 3DS, PLY, 3DM, SKP, IGES and STEP files

There is often a requirement to import into your base CAD platform either AutoCAD, ZWCAD or BricsCAD, a 3D model saved in external file format which is not handled by your DWG editor. Automesher addon comes with the solution to import and export many of 3D file formats including STL, OFF, OBJ, 3DS, IV, PLY, VRML, 3DM, SKP, SAT, IGES, BREP and STEP in your native workspace.

When importing an external 3D model ie. STL Stereolithography facets or Rhinoceros 3DM meshes, Automesher add-on provides an option to create either polyface mesh, 3D solid, triangle faces, edge lines or just points. However for some corrupted geometries with crossing faces or empty holes it is not possible to create a valid ACIS solid object but only a simple body entity or a group of surfaces.

When exporting your DWG drawing model to an external 3D file format ie. Google SketchUp SKP or Autodesk 3D Studio 3DS file, Automesher plugin reads selected polyface meshes, polygon meshes, faces and 3D solids and writes them to the file in the selected format. Automesher also supports ACIS SAT file format which allows to export drawing entities as a true solid object with boundary representation.


Update: There is also available Automesher standalone desktop application that works outside any of CAD platform as a Windows executable and allows to import and convert between 3D file formats. It supports many of 3D file extensions including STL, OFF, OBJ, SKP, 3DS, IV, PLY and more.

Did you know?

AutoCAD 2012 supports up to 2 billion cloud points to quickly visualize and snap to the surface of scanned objects directly within your modeling workspace.