Skip navigation

Some STL file generation issues in rapid prototyping

Some STL file generation issues in rapid prototyping

Chowdary, Boppana V., Sahatoo, Divesh R. and Bhatti, Raj (2007) Some STL file generation issues in rapid prototyping. In: Esparragoza, Ivan E., Bermudez, Manuel and Petrie, Maria Larrondo, (eds.) 5th Latin American and Caribbean Conference for Engineering and Technology Developing Entrepreneural Engineers for the Sustainable Growth of Latin American and Caribbean: Education, Innovation, Technology, and Practice. Latin American and Caribbean Consortium of Engineering Institutions, Florida. ISBN 098228960X

Full text not available from this repository.

Abstract

The stereolithography (STL) file format was introduced by 3D Systems and has become the de facto industry
standard. However, this is not an ideal format due to the existence of some inherent problems. Due to the non-
robustness of commercial CAD systems, the choice of tolerance is a major issue when saving STL files. These
tolerances will affect the file size, the number of triangular facets and the number of STL file errors. The primary focus of this paper is to outline the relationship between tolerance and these issues in the conversion of CAD
models to STL files. To meet the aim of this study, the file size and the number of triangular facets were recorded
after STL file generation while the number of file errors was obtained after scanning. Some interesting
relationships were noticed and are documented. It is noted that the number of errors decreases with increasing
tolerance and that in general there are more errors in the ASCII file format than in the binary equivalent. This
paper is intended to provide to the practitioner an idea of how the different factors mentioned are affected by
tolerance and allow them to choose the best values based on the findings

Item Type: Book Section
Additional Information: This paper forms part of the proceedings of the Fifth LACCEI International Latin American and Caribbean Conference for Engineering and Technology (LACCEI’2007) “Developing Entrepreneurial Engineers for the Sustainable Growth of Latin America and the Caribbean: Education, Innovation, Technology and Practice” 29 May – 1 June 2007, Tampico, México
Uncontrolled Keywords: rapid prototyping, STL file generation, software errors, tolerance, file type,
Subjects: T Technology > T Technology (General)
T Technology > TS Manufactures
Pre-2014 Departments: School of Engineering
School of Engineering > Department of Engineering Systems
Related URLs:
Last Modified: 14 Oct 2016 09:08
Selected for GREAT 2016: None
Selected for GREAT 2017: None
Selected for GREAT 2018: None
URI: http://gala.gre.ac.uk/id/eprint/2907

Actions (login required)

View Item View Item