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Lost part file, can I use stl file to generate new part file


The title says it all.

I lost my part file. Can I open my .stl file and save it as a part file that can be edited?



Alibre Super User
Once you open a STL or STEP or IGES file it is a dumb solid with no history. You should however be able edit them to add new features with Alibre's tool set, or remove features with the Direct Editing tools.


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You'll have to use some kind of conversion tool to process the STL into something usable. Many tools simply create a STEP file with many triangular faces, but a few attempt feature recognition, which might give a better outcome.