Protoyping .stl format files

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Whe you export a stl file from Pro-E or solidworks, wat does the file contain?

x,y cordinates of vertices etc or what?
 

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Mech_Engineer
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Wikipedia said:
An STL file describes a raw unstructured triangulated surface by the unit normal and vertices (ordered by the right-hand rule) of the triangles using a three-dimensional Cartesian coordinate system.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/STL_(file_format [Broken])
 
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I have an STL on my machine right now but it was exported INTO Pro-E. Like ME mentioned, it is a collection of facets.
 
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So just a number of trianlges with different coordinates?...


Okay....

Thanks,

I was looking into making a program where it recognises the faces of Basic shapes.... So it could be done....
 

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