How to import a 3D STL and adjust settings

as requested on support…

Given a 3D STL file:

which when imported and rotated has the appearance:

Importing into Carbide Create Pro we get:

since Carbide Create by default imports the Top view.

Clicking on the 3D Orientation drop-down:

and selecting “Back” we get:

(after adjusting the size)

which seems to be what is wanted.

Will, can you measure the STL in 3D builder? I open all my STLs in NX & add a “Bounding Box” which tells me the overall dimensions. Then I find the lowest spot on the contoured portion & measure the depth from the top, so I know how much base height is already built into the STL.

If I don’t want that much base height in my project, I set the stock size in CC to something larger, subtracting the difference from my actual stock.

That model looks to be about 1/2" tall, with a 1/4" base. So only the top 1/2" is the contoured detail.
To carve this into a 3/8" board, I would set the stock height to 1/2". Then when I carve 1/4" deep it leaves 1/8" as my base on the actual job.


Probably there’s a measurement tool as well, but they changed the UI from the initial quite nice, consistent and intuitive one, so I don’t use beyond opening, repairing and so forth.

1 Like

Ah, OK. So 2.31 mm is 0.090". And about half of that is base, with the detail being the top 0.045. (maybe 0.040??)

So to carve the detail 0.650 deep on a 1.125 stock, He would want to set his stock height in CC at 1.3", and import the STL at 1.3" height.

It would be a good idea to create a flat component larger than the part at 0.175 thick to prevent the cutter from rolling off the edge of the model & cutting 1.3" deep, and into the table since the actual stock is only 1.125. (3D paths don’t have a Max Depth)

1 Like

This topic was automatically closed 30 days after the last reply. New replies are no longer allowed.