Vectorworks 2010. Anyone using it?

Discussion in 'Software and Applications' started by Lito, Sep 19, 2011.

  1. Lito
    Lito New Member
    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!
  2. stop4stuff
    stop4stuff Well-Known Member
  3. Lito
    Lito New Member
    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!
  4. Lito
    Lito New Member
    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.
  5. stop4stuff
    stop4stuff Well-Known Member
    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.

  6. Lito
    Lito New Member
    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.

    Last edited: Sep 20, 2011