Organizing STL Files and Adding to ClipArt

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Organizing STL Files and Adding to ClipArt

Post by Rcnewcomb »

Over the years I've collected a lot of STL files. If you have Aspire you can convert your STL files to 3dClip files and then add them to your ClipArt section within Aspire.

The process I use is as follows:

Create a new project that is 6x6x1 with Very High Resolution.
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Go to File/Import/Import Component / 3D Model
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Select the STL file and resize it to fit withing the project dimensions
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After you have completed the import go to the Modeling Tab and right click on the component and select Export as 3D Clip Art
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Save the 3dClip file in a folder under where the Clip Art is stored. You can add your own folders to aid in organization.
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Later, when you open Aspire and look through your clipart you will see the new file(s) in the preview. Use them like any other clipart.
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Post by Hermie »

Thanks Randall, brilliant, I have a few files that would work on. Maybe it will force me to get organized too.

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Post by Clockman »

Thank's for posting that, very interesting

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Post by ZipperHead55 »

I'm just seeing this post for the first time, and I have been doing this for a while now, but the only difference is I tended to go much bigger (24" x 24" x 1.5"+), in case I needed the crests larger than 6" (I was thinking I would lose resolution if I started smaller (6", as per OP's suggestion) and then go larger for my actual carvings.

I never experimented with what the "sweet spot" is: large enough to be detailed, but not so large/detailed as to be a resource hog, and I'm wondering if anybody else has (ie am I wasting time, processing power, etc by making it so large, or am I "future proofing" by having that clipart at a higher resolution in case I need it larger. Nowadays, storage space isn't such a concern: I'd rather have a highly detailed model at 250MB (or larger) than wishing I had made it larger (to save on storage space) and ending up with a "meh" quality carving later down the road.

As an aside: make sure you don't have models/components hidden when you do the exporting to clipart: the clipart will have those hidden components in it's model tree (thereby making it larger, more cumbersome than neccesary). This may have been changed over newer updates, but I distinctly remember this being an issue when I was an eager beaver, converting ALL of my 3D models to clip-art, so I didn't have to go through the Import STL process every time I brought in models I wanted to add to a project.

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Post by Holzarbeiter »

Thanks for the excellent tip,Randall!
Is there anything magical about the 6x6x1 size you use?
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Is there anything magical about the 6x6x1 size you use?
It corresponds to the size of most of my projects. <wink>
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Post by Holzarbeiter »

Rcnewcomb wrote:
Mon Dec 21, 2020 6:39 am
Is there anything magical about the 6x6x1 size you use?
It corresponds to the size of most of my projects. <wink>
Got it...thanks! Im already putting this clever idea to work.
Thanks again & Merry Christmas!
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