Sometimes, you might find yourself in need of 2D versions of 3D designs, such as for water jet cutting. Learn more about converting STL to DXF, a popular 2D design format, in this quick guide.
The main difference between STL and DXF files are in the dimensions used:
Thus the conversion from STL to DXF is a conversion from 3D to 2D, which means we have to be extra careful.
Several online convertors exist that offer the ability to convert from STL to DXF. One such tool, despite the name, is STL2DWG Converter.
If we already have a model that is suitable for the transition to 2D, our only job is to upload a file, click “Convert”, and wait until the process is finished. The converted model will be ready to download and we can immediately use it.
But sometimes, finer editing is necessary before conversion. And that’s where Blender comes in.
Blender is a free, open-source modeling tool with many applications such as animation, 3D modeling, and game design. Even if you’re familiar with Blender, this should be straightforward:
Next, we need to export the file as a DXF:
It may be intimidating at first, but after you do it the first time, it gets much easier. If you’re interested in mastering Blender, start with our in-depth guide.
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License: The text of "STL to DXF: How to Convert STL Files to DXF (AutoCAD)" by All3DP is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License.
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