STEP to STL conversion: FreeCAD

Beitragsbild Umwandeln STEP zu STL mit FreeCAD

Step 1
Activate Mesh Design.

Step 1 - Activate mesh design

Step 2

Select the object and choose “Create mesh from shape.”
Note: If your model consists of multiple components, you need to select all the components you want to convert.

STEP to STL with FreeCAD Step 2

Step 3

  • Select “Standard” for Meshing Options (the default setting is “Netgen”).
  • Enter Surface deviation: 0.010 mm (the default setting is 0.100 mm).
  • Click “Ok”.

Note: Other settings are also possible and practical. The settings provided here are an example of a combination that works in almost all cases.

STEP to STL with FreeCAD Step 3
STEP to STL with FreeCAD Step 3

Step 4

  • Select the Mesh file (with the suffix “(Meshed)”). Note: if you choose the STEP model instead of the Meshed version here, you can also export the model as STL, but FreeCAD will use default settings instead of the ones specified above.
  • Click on File -> Export.
  • Select “STL Mesh” as the data format.
  • Enter the file name (“File name”).
  • Click “Save” -> The file is exported and saved.
STEP to STL with FreeCAD Step 4


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