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Netfabb is an awesome STL viewer & repair tool


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Thanks Joris... going to give this a try.
#1 Madox on 2009-10-24 09:49 (Reply)
Unfortunately, it's Windows only.
#2 Bob Hearn on 2009-10-26 22:38 (Reply)
Bob,

yes, thats true. If you're looking to view and repair STL files in Linux then I would recommend Meshlab: http://meshlab.sourceforge.net/
#2.1 Joris on 2009-10-27 09:53 (Reply)
Hello Bob,
actually there is a Linux version, even though in a beta stadium and quite untested. So at the moment we prefer not to release anything for download. If you would like to help us and obtain a linux binary, feel free to contact me at info@netfabb.com.

Thank you very much,
Alex
#2.2 Alex (Homepage) on 2009-10-27 14:18 (Reply)
Actually I'm a Mac guy. I use Rhino; there are some basic repair tools in it. But they're not always good enough. I hear Blender has better repair tools, but I am completely put off by its interface, or lack thereof.
#3 Anonymous on 2009-10-27 16:04 (Reply)
I too have an old Mac that I can't get Meshlab to run on.
I'm using 'topeScope which though it cost about 100 GBP works well in most situations. I doesn't deal with extraneous edges though.
#4 Bill Bedford on 2009-10-29 13:41 (Reply)
I tried Netfabb, it looks nice. However, people working with COLLADA files instead of .stl will face a problem.
I also tried the "repair" utilities. They can be very effective sometimes... but not always.
#5 { D F } on 2009-11-04 15:47 (Reply)
yeah, it is for STL but you can easily convert between STL and COLLADA using meshlab.

No STL repair tool always works. I tried to convey that in the post.
#5.1 Joris Peels on 2009-11-04 15:49 (Reply)
Hi,
I encountered a strange problem with fixing non-manifold errors in Nebfabb. I fixed the errors displayed by using the automatic repair option, applied it, then the # of bad triangles, invalid orientations turned into 0's. but after I saved the changes, re-open the fixed image with Nebfabb, I saw the same errors again.
is it that those errors just can't be fixed?
#6 jessie on 2009-11-10 00:26 (Reply)
Jessie,

It is true that some errors can not be fixed.

But, the issue that you've found sounds like a bug. You can tell Netfabb about it by emailing them at support (at) netfabb (dot) com
#6.1 Joris on 2009-11-10 06:21 (Reply)
I was using miniMagics before and couldn't fix my multiple shell problem. With Netfabb It couldn't fix the problem either, but it did show me where the shells were and I was able to stich them together by re-working my CAD file. At least I knew where the problem was with Netfabb, and that saved me!

Thanks for this great page Joris!
#7 Poolster on 2009-12-10 23:32 (Reply)
Hi,

Netfabb looks nice. However, the problem I would like to eliminate is having to find thin features. I can measure any point to any point with my CAD software but if my model gets rejected because of wall thickness, then there is something I have missed. Is there a tool that will look for the minimum thickness / point to point distance on a part?

Thanks.
#8 greanie on 2010-10-01 12:27 (Reply)
looked into meshlab, what a failure that was. no x86 download. netfabb looks promising, I plan to play with it a little more but I fear it's just a giant waste of my time. (Trying to repair an stl of a guy fawkes mask, the program is reading the back of the mask as a hole and there is no volume.. 0.00mm thick everywhere.)
#9 Anonymous on 2012-09-04 20:20 (Reply)
OK thank you - I am a convert. ;-)

After days of stuffing around trying to eliminate multiple shells, holes and other issues Netfabb has done a great job. Learning the workflow for different operations was however a challenge.

Would be helpful to highlight the fact that shell repair is a manual exercise.

It would also be helpful in your instructions above to add a note at the start of the section between the title and the first sentence: "Start by pressing the repair button (Red Cross)" other wise the triangles to which you refer are not visible unless there is a setting I am not aware of which has them in the top menu bar at all times.

Title - How to manually repair STLs?

First sentence - In the top row there are green icons.
#10 John R (Homepage) on 2013-03-04 04:20 (Reply)

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