Add some weight to your SVG files by making 3D printable STLs. Follow this simple tutorial to add a 3rd dimension to your art by converting SVG to STL.
Why would someone want to convert files from SVG to STL format? And what is the difference between those two file formats in the first place? Here is a short answer to both questions.
SVG stands for scalable vector graphics and is an XML-based vector image file format for two-dimensional graphics. It can be created and edited with any text editor or drawing software. A common drawing tool for SVG is Inkscape.
STL comes from “stereolithography” and represents three-dimensional objects. It is the standard format for 3D printable models. There are many 3D modeling programs that support STL files. But for converting from an SVG to STL, you might want to consider one that supports SVG files as well, such as Tinkercad or Blender.
In this short tutorial, we present two ways of converting SVG to STL. Without further ado, let’s make some 3D objects!
The first option we have for you doesn’t require any additional software. It is a fast and easy way to convert your SVG to STL files online. You just need an SVG file and a web browser. The procedure is pretty straightforward. Just follow these steps and you will have your SVG file to a 3D printable STL in no time.
Step 1: Go to SVG2STL.com
Step 2: Upload Your SVG
If everything is in order, you will see a preview of your file.
Step 3: Convert to STL
Now it’s time to extrude your 2D drawing to a 3D object. Enter the height, in millimeters, in the proper text box.
If you’re on a mobile device, touch, and drag to rotate. Touch with two fingers and drag to pan and pinch to zoom.
Step 4: Download Your STL
There you go. Nice and easy.
The second option to convert SVG to STL is to use a 3D modeling software that supports SVG files. Tinkercad is a great option for this as it’s an online CAD platform that’s easy to use. We’ll show you how to use Tinkercad here, but another program that supports SVG files should work similarly.
Step 1: Importing SVG
Step 2: Editing
By default, the height of the newly created 3D object is set to 10 mm.
Step 3: Exporting STL
And, that’s it! Your STL file will be downloaded in the next few seconds (depending on the size of your object).
Keep In Mind
There are some limitations and rules when importing SVG files into Tinkercad. First, make sure your SVG file is less than 25 MB in size. Second, objects such as text should be converted to paths, otherwise you may get the error, “file seems to be empty”.
New to Tinkercad? Check out these tutorials:
Feature image source: Miroslav Sarcevic / All3DP
License: The text of "SVG to STL – How to Convert SVGs into 3D Printable STLs" by All3DP is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License.
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