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Vectorworks 2010. Anyone using it? [message #34616] Mon, 19 September 2011 22:01 UTC Go to next message
avatar Lito  is currently offline Lito
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Hello there,

I'm somewhat familiar with Vectorworks (2010 Mac), and the export options don't seem to be compatible with what is accepted at shapeways. Anyone can assist/make a suggestion of what I can do to make the two work together?

Thank you in advance!
Lito
Re: Vectorworks 2010. Anyone using it? [message #34634 is a reply to message #34616 ] Tue, 20 September 2011 06:56 UTC Go to previous messageGo to next message
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I don't know Vectorworks at all, but a quick google reveals this knowledgebase about file export options - STL is at the bottom of the list... Shapeways accepts STL
Any good?

Paul
Re: Vectorworks 2010. Anyone using it? [message #34681 is a reply to message #34634 ] Tue, 20 September 2011 14:32 UTC Go to previous messageGo to next message
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Great catch! It reads:

"Export Stereo Lithography
Exports all visible 3D surfaces and solids in the current layer into an STL-formatted file..."

I guess I should give that a try. Thank you!
Re: Vectorworks 2010. Anyone using it? [message #34685 is a reply to message #34681 ] Tue, 20 September 2011 14:48 UTC Go to previous messageGo to next message
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On doing a quick test, exporting in that way gives several options:

First: ASCII or Binary

Second: Quality Option

The resulting files (I tried both at different settings of "quality") are wildly different in size. I'm not sure what that means, but I am concern because I am creating something with significant detail and precise measurements, plus rounded smooth surfaces. I don't know if these formats will help.

However, I send a DXF file to a friend who has told me "it renders fine in AutoCAD"... Maybe I'll have him export from AutoCAD instead?

PS. Please understand I am a noob... Sorry in advance for the luck of understanding of the technical vocabulary.
Re: Vectorworks 2010. Anyone using it? [message #34687 is a reply to message #34685 ] Tue, 20 September 2011 15:11 UTC Go to previous messageGo to next message
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Shapeways max filesize upload limit is 64MB file size and 1,000,000 triangles, but you can zip or even double zip a file and usually Binary STL is a saller file size than ASCII STL.

I'd say go with the higher quality option and see what happens. MeshLab is available for Mac and has some good mesh reduction filters to bring the file size or triangle back within limits if needs be.

Re: Vectorworks 2010. Anyone using it? [message #34688 is a reply to message #34687 ] Tue, 20 September 2011 15:20 UTC Go to previous message
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Thanks again!

I think I will give both options (STL high res as well as export from AutoCAD) a try, and see what works best.

Cheers!

[Updated on: Tue, 20 September 2011 15:22 UTC]


 
   
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