Why do we need STL file?

This file format is supported by many other software packages; it is widely used for rapid prototyping, 3D printing and computer-aided manufacturing. STL files describe only the surface geometry of a three-dimensional object without any representation of color, texture or other common CAD model attributes.

What is the purpose of an STL file?

An STL file uses a series of linked triangles (known as tessellation) to describe the surface geometry of a 3D design. You can then use this file to print a prototype of your model using a standard 3D printer.

What is the purpose of STL in 3D printing?

An STL (Standard Tessellation Language or STereoLithography) file is a format that describes surface geometry of a 3D object without any colour, texture or other attributes. This format uses a series of linked triangles to recreate or reproduce surface geometry of the 3D model.

What is rapid prototyping technology?

Rapid prototyping is a group of techniques used to quickly fabricate a scale model of a physical part or assembly using three-dimensional computer aided design (CAD) data. Construction of the part or assembly is usually done using 3D printing or “additive layer manufacturing” technology.

What’s the difference between binary Ascii STL files?

Binary – Uses binary encoding for the STL file. Binary files are generally smaller and better for 3d printing than ASCII files. ASCII – Uses ASCII encoding for the STL files. ASCII files are generally larger than binary files, but easier to manually inspect and debug.


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