Changing a file's format can be annoyingly frustrating at times. Converting an STL to OBJ, however, is quick and easy. We gathered all you need to know right here.
STL and OBJ are two common file types used to save 3D models. STL files store a model as many small triangles, while OBJ files are more flexible and can use different polygons as well as freeform curves. OBJ files can also store color and texture, which makes them ideal for multi-color 3D printing.
In general, STLs are used mainly in 3D printing slicers (such as Cura) or modeling programs (such as Fusion 360) while OBJs are more universally used between CAD programs even outside the 3D printing world.
There’s plenty of situations where you might want to convert between the two types. Thankfully, it’s super easy!
These sites let you upload an STL file from your computer, pick an output format (OBJ) and then download the converted file. It’s all for free and takes no time at all. This method is great if you are downloading STLs from Thingiverse and want to convert your file to OBJs without firing up a program.
Another easy way to convert an STL to OBJ is within your preferred modeling program.
If you’re planning on making modifications to your model anyways, this is probably the easiest way to convert an STL into an OBJ file.
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