STL Export for Bricscad is a Stereolithography STL file export plug-in for BricscadÃ??Ã?Â® powered applications. This plug-in gives Bricscad powered applications the ability to export geometric data to ASCII and Binary STL files.
The STL file format is the Rapid Prototyping industry's standard data transmission format and is the format required to interact with stereolithography machines. Stereolithography files contain solids which are made up of 3 sided facets. STL Export for Bricscad reads mesh objects (PolyFace Mesh, Polygon mesh and 3D Faces) in the active drawing and writes them out to a STL file.
STL Export for Bricscad is very easy to use. Once installed, it must be loaded into the Bricscad environment. Follow the simple instructions in the Getting Started document which can be found in the installation folder. Once loaded it adds new commands to Bricscad's existing commands and a new submenu called "STLExport" to the Bricscad menu containing these newly added commands.
STLExport - Exports a STL file
STLExportHelp - Displays the STL Export for Bricscad help file
STLExportRegister - Registers your copy of STL Export for Bricscad
STLExportAbout - Displays the STL Export for Bricscad About box
The STL File Format
The STL file format is the Rapid Prototyping industry's standard data transmission format and is the format required to interact with stereolithography machines. Stereolithography files contain solids which are made up of 3 sided facets. STL files may be ASCII or binary data, although binary is far more common due to the resulting size of the CAD data when saved to the ASCII format. A STL file describes a raw unstructured triangulated surface by the unit normal and vertices (ordered by the right-hand rule) of the triangles using a three-dimensional Cartesian coordinate system. Many CAD systems are able to output the STL file format among their other formats, but very few have the ability to import STL files.