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fractorr
I am trying to get some parts produced and the manufacturer is asking for a
STEP file, is it possible to export to a STEP file?





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Re: STEP Files

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If you load the STL file into FreeCAD, you can export it as a STEP. Better yet, you can use a plugin so that FreeCAD can read OpenSCAD files.


On Sat, Sep 30, 2017 at 9:16 AM, fractorr <[hidden email]> wrote:
I am trying to get some parts produced and the manufacturer is asking for a
STEP file, is it possible to export to a STEP file?





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Re: STEP Files

fractorr
Thanks, that works really good. I was able to open the scad file in FreeCAD
and export it to a STEP file.  Will wait and see what the manufacturer says
about the STEP file.




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Re: STEP Files

KeithSloan52
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I am not sure exporting an STL file is a good idea. STL files are made up of
three sided elements which are okay  for 3D printing, but not for many other
manufacturing processes

FreeCAD has an OpenSCAD workbench and one of its functions is to import
scad files. You need to make sure that the OpenSCAD preference has
details of where the OpenSCAD executable is. If you have 2D hull or
minkowski requests you need to make sure that the option to update and load
a DXF library is enabled. It is an option of import-export on the main
FreeCAD preferences.

If you want support for the OpenSCAD offset function then you need FreeCAD
0.17

If you experience problems then please report them in the FreeCAD forum
https://forum.freecadweb.org



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Re: STEP Files

fractorr
I opened my scad file in FreeCAD instead of exporting a STL file an opening
that in FreeCAD and generated a STEP file but the manufacturer said that the
STEP file has "65 separate shells" and "It is still not showing as one
piece".

I really have no idea about STEP files.  So am I doing something wrong with
my scad file or I am doing something wrong when generating the STEP file in
FreeCAD.  

Ideas?




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Re: STEP Files

KeithSloan52
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I would try asking in the FreeCAD forum https://forum.freecadweb.org

Does your scad file create a single object? i.e. uses booleans like union, difference, intersection

If you go to the Part workbench and run the tool check geometry whats does that say?

Maybe try Part MakeCompound

Like I say best to try asking in the forum, don't forget to post your version info and either the scad file or a save fcstd file

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Re: STEP Files

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>  "65 separate shells"

If you're willing to share, either a STL, or the .scad code I can have a
look, it could easily be a geometry issue, not a STEP issue.



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Re: STEP Files - Viewer?

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What do people use to view STEP files?



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