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(please bear with me, this is my first post and I am very new to Autodesk products)



I need help with a project I am attempting to do on Inventor. I used Google Sketchup to create a model and realized that it needed to be in inventor- I exported the sketchup as an .stl and imported it into inventor. However, it imported it as a mesh instead of solid. I can't figure out how to make it solid and I need it badly. (Yes, I know, I should have thought this through before using sketchup). Any help is appreciated, thank you


I am using the student license for Inventor 2014

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You will need to download and install the Autodesk Mesh Enabler to covert to solid.


Mesh Enabler.png


But first, do you really really really understand what an stl file is?

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It's what the 3D printer at my school uses... I think.. I'm such a newbie I'm sorry. Thank you for the answer it helped a lot.

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Do you understand the geometric definition of a "plane"?


An stl file divides up the surfaces of an object into small triangular faceted planar surfaces.

So if you have a round cylinder - it is simplified into a large number of planar facets that approximate a curve. The more facets - the closer to being a curve. But never a curve.


stl file are generally of little use in an engineering program other than for reference.

Unless your design was simple boxes - you will probably not be satisfied with the results of the conversion of stl to solid.


I recommend that you start over.

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JD just out of interest is the Autodesk Mesh Enabler a free plug in?


It is free to students


free to commercial users who are on subscription.

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