Convert STL Files to PNG

STL to PNG

STL to PNG Conversion

The list below provides valuable resources, packed with detailed instructions and expert tips for converting STL files to PNG format using our converters. Review them now to simplify your STL files conversion later.


STL vs PNG Comparison

Property STL PNG
Extensions .stl .png
Name STereoLithography Portable Network Graphics
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STL STereoLithography File

A file format that was developed by 3D Systems, a global leader in the 3D printing industry. It is primarily used for storing 3D models and exclusively contains triangular mesh data. Some of the benefits and features of STL files are:

  • Simplicity: STL files are easy to create and read by many software applications and 3D printers, as they only contain the coordinates of the vertices and the normal vectors of the triangles.
  • Lack of Additional Information: STL files do not include information on face color, texture, transparency, and named groups. This means that all STL models are effectively colorless in their raw form.
  • Binary and ASCII STL Formats: STL files can be saved in either binary or ASCII text formats. The binary format is generally preferred due to its significant reduction in file size compared to the ASCII format.
  • Units of Measurement: The coordinates in STL files are always defined in millimeters. If necessary, our STL converter will perform the required units conversion.

STL Files Converter: While it is technically possible to assign RGB color values to individual vertices in an STL file, it’s important to note that not all software, including our Autoconverter, currently supports this extension.


PNG Portable Network Graphics Image

It's a type of raster image file format that uses lossless compression. This means that the image quality is preserved even when the file size is reduced. PNG files also support transparency, which allows images to have irregular shapes or backgrounds that blend with the web page. However, PNG files do not support animation, unlike GIF files. Here are some of the key features and benefits of PNG:

  • Efficient Storage: PNG offers smaller file sizes compared to uncompressed formats like BMP, leading to faster website loading times.
  • Lossless Compression: PNG files use a compression technique that preserves the image quality and details, even when the file size is reduced.
  • Diverse Imagery: PNG files are ideal for images that have sharp edges and large solid colors, such as text, line art, and logos. JPEG files tend to produce visual artifacts and blur the edges of such images.

PNG to 3D Converters: Multiple image formats, including PNG, are compatible with our Autoconverter and Automesher Application tools. These converters allow you to import, export, and convert PNG images to different 3D formats, such as STL, 3DS, FBX, 3DM, and many others.