STL Viewer

STL-Viewer

STL Files:

STL (an abbreviation of “stereolithography”) is a file format native to the stereolithography CAD software. Nowadays STL files are widley used within 3D-Printing technology.

Please note:

This project is currently flagged as experimental.

  • The viewer is implemented as a web-application which emulates a local web-server.
  • Known Problem so far: The application has a memory limit, which might be reached quite soon. In other words: when trying to view STL-files bigger than appr. 40Mb will possibly crash the viewer.

Purpose:

As there is no build-in support to preview STL files for the Windows-Explorer (as far as I know…), I implemented this utility program for only this reason.

  • The software is self dependent and consists of one single executable.
  • The program emulates a local web server and therfore requires an up-to-date web browser installation (iExplorer, Safari, etc…).

  • The STL-Viewer itself is implemented with jquery.js and three.js.

    STLViewer.png

Credits:

The software is open source, please feel free to download the source for whatever reason. Any kind of feedback or suggestion whatsoever is welcome.

Special thanks to:


Download:

There is a binary available for windows, which can be downloaded from here:



Installation notes & usage:

  • The binary is self-independent, does not need to be installed, just copy the executable in a directory or onto your desktop (or create a link onto your desktop).

  • After that, execute the program and drag&drop an STL file onto the application window. Depending on the file size, it might take to get the geometry displayed on the screen.

  • Note: As the web server which controls the STL-Viewer is running locally on your PC, there is no hidden or uncontrolled file transfer to somewhere outside - thus your data is save. If there is any doubt, one might re-build the executable from the available sources.

License & permission to use:

© 2018, Johann Oberdorfer - Engineering Support | CAD | Software

This software is distributed under the BSD license. This program is distributed in the hope that it will be useful, but WITHOUT ANY WARRANTY; without even the implied warranty of MERCHANTABILITY or FITNESS FOR A PARTICULAR PURPOSE. See the BSD License for more details.


Have fun.

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