[Chimera-users] STL File export size

Healey, Joe J.R.J.Healey at warwick.ac.uk
Fri Sep 22 03:28:49 PDT 2017


Hi David,


Thanks very much! I'm currently experimenting with MeshMixer's "Reduce" to do the same kind of thing - though I think that will only get me so far. I'll certainly have a look at that walkthrough though.


I have just realised part of my problem however, was that I was exporting the surface and ribbon representations though without realising it, rather than just the surface, which would be totally redundant when printed.


Joe

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From: David Bhella <David.Bhella at glasgow.ac.uk>
Sent: 22 September 2017 11:24:55
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Subject: Re: [Chimera-users] STL File export size

The free software package meshlab is very effective at reducing the complexity of 3D scenes for printing.
There is a tutorial here:
https://www.shapeways.com/tutorials/polygon_reduction_with_meshlab


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> On 22 Sep 2017, at 10:38, Healey, Joe <J.R.J.Healey at warwick.ac.uk> wrote:
>
> Hi Chimera team,
>
> I'm dealing with some protein structures that vary quite a lot in size. I'd like to make 3D printable versions, so I'm exporting STL files.
>
> Is there any way to reduce the file size of the exported STLs? How might one control the level of detail (triangulation) of the exported file - I suspect the defaults are including a lot of detail that a 3D printer wouldn't even be able to replicate in the first place.
>
> Many thanks
>
> Joe Healey
>
>
> M.Sc. B.Sc. (Hons) MSRB
> PhD Student
> MOAC CDT, Senate House
> University of Warwick
> Coventry
> CV47AL
> Mob: +44 (0) 7536 042620  |  Email: J.R.J.Healey at warwick.ac.uk
>
> Jointly working in:
> Waterfield Lab (WMS Microbiology and Infection Unit)
> and the Gibson Lab (Warwick Chemistry)
>
> Twitter: @JRJHealey  |  Website: MOAC Page | ORCID: orcid.org/0000-0002-9569-6738
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