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Old 02-05-2009
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I believe a few years ago Autodesk Inventor had an export to wrl format. A fellow Flexsim user currently has Inventor 2008 and we could not find a wrl/3ds export. We can export to stl, but that has its drawbacks, even after I pass it through AC3D.

Does anyone recently imported Inventor shapes into Flexsim? If so, what was the conversion process and what software was used?

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Hi Kris,

we often run in the same situation. Here is a tool, we are evaluating at the moment which converts more or less every common CAD format to whatever you like:

http://www.righthemisphere.com/produ...xp/de_cad.html

Its not cheep, but considering all the trouble with different formats, it might work. And its the only tool we found to convert VRML2 back to VRML1.

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I found a VRML translator for Inventor made by XANADU http://www.xanadu.cz/vrmlout.htm. It is suggested on the Autodesk site. The exported file sizes were not small, but the quality was good and Flexsim handled the shapes well (still agile). It seems the coloring was lost in translation so I used AC3D to color the shapes. I have attached a screenshot of the export parameters we used. Increasing the Tolerance and decreasing the Precision lowers the file size (and quality).
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