The Mesh Enabler enables Inventor users to work with imported Mesh data. As shipped, Inventor 2012 can import mesh data from Catia files. In addition to Catia files, Inventor 2013 can import mesh data from STL files and from JT files. The Mesh Enabler for 2013 and 2014 adds the ability to post process the imported mesh data to convert the mesh features to Inventor Base features. The resulting Base features can then be used for further operations including drawings and measurements. The technology preview has graduated from Autodesk Labs, and a non-expiring version is available in the Autodesk App Exchange for Autodesk Subscription customers.
Access to goodies like these is one of the benefits of subscription. The subscription requirement poses a problem for the Student Community who are not part of the Autodesk Subscription program. We hear from students and educators on a regular basis.
- I'm a Biomechanics Student, and I'm currently writing my Masters thesis in which I use the free student version of Autodesk Inventor Professional 2013. I need to extract some information like dimensions, volume, etc. from an STL file.
- I am a tech at a college in Australia. Our students use Inventor 2013, and we would like them to have the opportunity to edit STL files occasionally.
- I have a student license for Autodesk Inventor 2013 and would like to download the mesh enabler app — a lot of our files are from DICOM scan images and the segmenting results in STL files.
- I'm a student from Singapore and have been using Inventor for about 2-3 months, and I work on projects related to sheet metal and computer components to make computer outer frames and use reference STL models to check if everything fits into place.
- For my master's thesis I'm trying to: import a mesh file (.stl) as a result of a 3D Scan into Inventor as a solid shape, process boolean operations to it, and later 3D print it.
When we do, I have these requests on an individual basis. I share a link where the student can download the current version of the technology. So if you are a student, you can contact me at email@example.com.
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