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  04 April 2013
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I have been reading many topics on importing files from SolidWorks and this forum has been very helpful. My file is very large, almost 3GB so it's quite challenging to get this to work since I'm currently running a MacBook Pro. I'm thinking about ordering a Mac Pro since I'm handling much larger files than I have in the past.

I have tried the following 3 methods:

1. Import .STL file into Rhino and convert to .OBJ file to import into C4D. This worked well, except for all of my items were converted from individual objects to one solid polygon object. I need them as individual objects for animation.

2. Import .STL into formZ. formZ has worked PERFECTLY in the past to import .STL files out of SolidWorks, save them as .OBJ files, and import them into C4D. Each object is preserved, so I can manipulate them each in C4D. This one, however, I get an out of memory error. I'm thinking that with a faster computer it would work, but I'm not sure.

3. Import .STL file into MeshLab and save it as an .OBJ. This opens in C4D as well, but much like Rhino, it converts all of the objects into one polygon object and that won't work for animation purposes.

Are there certain settings that I can change in Rhino and MeshLab to get them to preserve the groups? Why does formZ preserve them and the others don't?

Any help would be greatly appreciated.


- Diddy2thejj
  04 April 2013
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