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Adding Texture to .STL file6/22/18
I am looking for a simple way to apply a texture to an STL file. That can then be exported as a 3DS or 3DM format to import into my Cabinet design software.
I have tried a few things but am struggling with this. All I am trying to do is add a wood finish to a custom shaped end panel. Creating the shape was simple enough in my CAD software but it doesn't export as an STL with the texture. I have tried to use Blender but it seems like a mammoth learning curve for something so simple.
Any ideas on how this can be done, preferably with a free piece of software? This isn't something I need to do regularly.
I can take a look at it if you want. or try Mezalik at Carved details . com
Thanks James. I may take you up on that offer. However was wondering if you could point me in the right direction to handle it myself. You know the old teach a man to fish thing.
I am out and about today so don't have the files with me but I can post them later. Basically I have an .STL of an L- Shaped panel and want to apply a wood grain .jpg and export as a 3DS or 3DM for import and rendering. The texture is not a 3D texture just an image applied to the flat surface of the STL. Seems like it should be simple
Any pointers on what software and which tools to use in it would be greatly appreciated.
You could likely do that with the free version of sketchup 2107 and an stl export plugin
Sorry about the delay. Here is the image I want to use plus the STL file. I had to rename as a.jpg in order to upload it, not sure if you can download and rename to an STL. If not I can email it to anyone who is interested.
I will look into Skethup as well.
.stl files do not carry any information about texture. That would be like asking to attach sound to a .jpg file. You need to choose a different file output format.