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How do you convert a .STEP file to use with LDraw? - ArloB - 2018-04-03

My question might be totally "n00b" but I have a .STEP file that I found and need to use it with LDraw software or with the Bricklink Stud.io in a 3D model that I built for my students.

How do you convert the .STEP file to another format that I could import? Or is there a series of steps to get to this process?

I would really appreciate your help. Thank you.


RE: How do you convert a .STEP file to use with LDraw? - Steffen - 2018-04-03

what is a .step file?
can you point us to the application that produced it?
or what file format it contains?
when googling, I found various results, so I'm unclear about what application has produced your file.


RE: How do you convert a .STEP file to use with LDraw? - ArloB - 2018-04-03

(2018-04-03, 18:05)Steffen Wrote: what is a .step file?
can you point us to the application that produced it?
or what file format it contains?
when googling, I found various results, so I'm unclear about what application has produced your file.

Hi, Steffen. Thanks for replying.

A step file is made in some type of CAD software to create a 3D model to use in a 3D printer for instance.
Here is an example of what I am referring to:
https://grabcad.com/library/rotacaster-48mm-double-35a-lego-hub-1


RE: How do you convert a .STEP file to use with LDraw? - Philippe Hurbain - 2018-04-03

(2018-04-03, 17:42)ArloB Wrote: My question might be totally "n00b" but I have a .STEP file that I found and need to use it with LDraw software or with the Bricklink Stud.io in a 3D model that I built for my students.

How do you convert the .STEP file to another format that I could import? Or is there a series of steps to get to this process?

I would really appreciate your help. Thank you.

I stumbled on this problem some time ago, and had a hard time finding a converter not costing an arm... Here is the process I use:
- Download and install FreeCAD https://www.freecadweb.org/
- Open your STEP file in FreeCAD
- Switch FreeCAD to mesh design mode
- Meshes -> Create mesh from shape (option: standard meshing)
- Select the meshed result, then meshes -> export mesh -> ASCII STL (*.stl)
- Convert the resulting stl to LDraw file using stl2dat (https://sourceforge.net/projects/stl2dat/)

stl2dat is also included in LETGUI distribution that has the benefit of providing a GUI around command line tools (http://ldraw.heidemann.org/index.php?page=letgui)

Feel free to ask if you need more details!


RE: How do you convert a .STEP file to use with LDraw? - ArloB - 2018-04-03

(2018-04-03, 18:24)Philippe Hurbain Wrote:
(2018-04-03, 17:42)ArloB Wrote: My question might be totally "n00b" but I have a .STEP file that I found and need to use it with LDraw software or with the Bricklink Stud.io in a 3D model that I built for my students.

How do you convert the .STEP file to another format that I could import? Or is there a series of steps to get to this process?

I would really appreciate your help. Thank you.

I stumbled on this problem some time ago, and had a hard time finding a converter not costing an arm... Here is the process I use:
- Download and install FreeCAD https://www.freecadweb.org/
- Open your STEP file in FreeCAD
- Switch FreeCAD to mesh design mode
- Meshes -> Create mesh from shape (option: standard meshing)
- Select the meshed result, then meshes -> export mesh -> ASCII STL (*.stl)
- Convert the resulting stl to LDraw file using stl2dat (https://sourceforge.net/projects/stl2dat/)

stl2dat is also included in LETGUI distribution that has the benefit of providing a GUI around command line tools (http://ldraw.heidemann.org/index.php?page=letgui)

Feel free to ask if you need more details!

Hi, Philippe. I am trying this right now and downloaded everything. Thank you so much!!