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CREO Parametric - Number of factets on an STL file

YH_10466853
4-Participant

CREO Parametric - Number of factets on an STL file

Hi,

I use CREO Parametric 9.0 Student Eddition as a Hobbyist. When creating an STL file (Save as STL) for a 3D printer, I observe that the number of facets on circular srfaces is relatively low.

 

My question is : How to increase the number of factets, in order to get more precise circular surfaces ?

 

I foud this article in the CREO support, but it seems to be valid for another software : https://support.ptc.com/help/creo/ced_modeling/r20.5.0.0/fr/index.html#page/ced_modeling/OSDM_Main/Parts_23.html

 

Is there a limitation of the Student Edition ?

 

Thanks for your help

 

1 ACCEPTED SOLUTION

Accepted Solutions

Chord height needs to be minimized to yield the best approximation of model geometry during tessellation. This will result in max number of facets when generating an STL.

 

Explanation of chord height:

Controlling the Quality of Export (ptc.com)

 

When exporting do the following:

 

Select the customize export option

tbraxton_0-1706362890792.png

Set the chord height to zero and Creo will minimize it with the lowest possible value for the model.

Set angle control to 1

 

tbraxton_1-1706362951962.png

 

 

 

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Involute Development, LLC
Consulting Engineers
Specialists in Creo Parametric

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8 REPLIES 8

Hi,

  • set absolute accuracy in model
  • set lower absolute accuracy value in model

Martin Hanák
JB_87049
15-Moonstone
(To:YH_10466853)

Changing the absolute accuracy of the model won't change the number of facets.

I have created a video to show you how you can change the way the facets are generated.
The video is made in Creo 10. However, it is the same in other versions of Creo.

 

You can watch the video through the following link

 

https://technologiecampusdiepenbeek.be/PTC_Community/STL_facets-Creo_10.mp4 

 

I hope this will help you solve your problem.

 

Best regards,

 

     John Bijnens

YH_10466853
4-Participant
(To:JB_87049)

Hi John,

 

Thank you very much for your help ! It works perfectly and I can now specify the accuracy of my STM models.

 

Thank you for your reactivity 👍

 

Best regards,

 

Yves

Hi,

attached video shows that absolute accuracy value sets lower limit for STL export.


Martin Hanák

@MartinHanak is correct in stating that the model accuracy can affect the tessellation as it sets the lower bound for chord height. If a given model had an accuracy that was so large it prevented features from tessellating with fidelity suitable for input to a process, then one would consider changing the accuracy of the model.

 

The lower bound for the chord height is a function of part accuracy while the upper bound corresponds to the model size.

 

In practice, I have never had to resort to changing model accuracy to get STL files suitable for even the highest end 3D printers. Our model accuracy is set such that it is tighter than the resolution of the printers so lowering accuracy would not yield better results from the printer.

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Involute Development, LLC
Consulting Engineers
Specialists in Creo Parametric

Chord height needs to be minimized to yield the best approximation of model geometry during tessellation. This will result in max number of facets when generating an STL.

 

Explanation of chord height:

Controlling the Quality of Export (ptc.com)

 

When exporting do the following:

 

Select the customize export option

tbraxton_0-1706362890792.png

Set the chord height to zero and Creo will minimize it with the lowest possible value for the model.

Set angle control to 1

 

tbraxton_1-1706362951962.png

 

 

 

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Involute Development, LLC
Consulting Engineers
Specialists in Creo Parametric
YH_10466853
4-Participant
(To:tbraxton)

Thank you so much for your tip abd your reactivity., It works perfectly and now, my STL model are very accurate 🙏

 

Best regards,

 

Yves

Michael
12-Amethyst
(To:tbraxton)

Excellent answer I have this stored as a map key, and do it all the time. 

Michael P Bourque
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