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Delcam Adds File Fixing To STL Translator

PS-Exchange online data-translation service now offers file fixing to its STL output option.

STL files can be generated from the full range of input formats covered by PS-Exchange, including AutoCAD ACIS, DXF and DWG, CATIA Versions 4 and 5, Pro/Engineer 2001 and Wildfire, SDRC, Unigraphics, SolidWorks, Solid Edge, Cimatron, Parasolid XT, IGES, VDA and STEP, as well as Delcam's own PowerSHAPE hybrid modeler.

This improvement ensures STL files can produce quality prototypes from all major CAD systems. The software repairs most gaps that might exist in the CAD model. For more serious errors, such as completely missing surfaces, the software produces an error message summarizing the problem. The software also fixes STL-file problems, such as duplicate triangles and

missing nodes, triangles with poor aspect ratios, and intersecting triangles.

Delcam International Inc., 3270 Electricity Dr., Windsor, Ontario, Canada, N8W 5J1,

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