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sublimationman
12-09-2008, 01:43 AM
I am wanting to design some jewelry in modeler and have it printed on a 3D printer. It looks like they require the file in .stl (Stereo lithography) format.

Anybody ever converted objects to this format? or know of a Lightwave friendly 3D printing service?

Thanks!

Lightwolf
12-09-2008, 02:15 AM
http://www.chromecow.com/downloads/lscript/shm-stl-tools/

Cheers,
Mike

archijam
12-09-2008, 02:45 AM
http://www.chromecow.com/downloads/lscript/shm-stl-tools/

Cheers,
Mike

I love the Q+A on that page:


Q. What is a Carriage, and why would one Return it?

Also look into Accutrans 3D, a great converter with STL and watertight checking possibilities.
http://www.micromouse.ca/
http://www.shapeways.com/tutorials/converting-with-accutrans-3d

Matt
12-09-2008, 03:49 AM
Mike, why don't you release your STL import plugin? It's way faster being a .p

Lightwolf
12-09-2008, 03:56 AM
Mike, why don't you release your STL import plugin? It's way faster being a .p
It only supports ASCII STL files and only loads them as well. I was going to re-write it proper (which should now include support for normals and vertex merging), but never got around to it (like so many other things).

Cheers,
Mike

Matt
12-09-2008, 12:11 PM
Michael! :twak:

sublimationman
12-09-2008, 02:45 PM
Thanks guys!

rezman
12-09-2008, 03:08 PM
I've had REALLY good luck with these guys. They accept .lwo as well:
http://3darttopart.com/

sublimationman
12-09-2008, 05:04 PM
Thanks!

I sent them a sample file to see what it will cost. I have not really checked into the cost of these services in like 15 or 20 years. Back then they had a liquid that would harden layer by layer with a laser. Saw it at a trade show and the guy was making a house key to show how it worked. I asked if I could have one and he said no because it cost them about $300 to make one. Waaaaay to expensive for me but with all the new technologies and many people doing it I would imagine it's a whole lot less expensive.

Litebright
12-09-2008, 09:37 PM
Sublim,

Let us know what you find out. As I have been curious about building models that can be exported to .STL format for rapid prototyping, etc.