Export as STL
Basic requirement: Qubicle Basic Edition + Mesh Module DLC, Utility Module DLC for Compounds.
STL is a file format mostly used for 3D printing. It has very strict rules- for example requiring a watertight mesh. While the original format doesn't support color encoding, there are in fact unofficial color encoding methods that were introduced at a later point. Qubicle uses the Materialise color encoding.
- Before exporting your models, ensure that they don't have any hollows. This might be counter-intuitive but hollows increase the poly count. To fill hollows use the corresponding command Modify > Core > Fill Hollows.
- If you want to export multiple matrices as a single object you don't need to combine them with Boolean Union- use Compounds instead. A Compound is exported the same way as a single Matrix. Select the matrices and use Modify > Compound > Create Compound.
- If you need to export a selection of your model repeatedly compounds are very useful, too. Create a compound of that selection and enter the new compound before export. Only child objects of the active node are exported.
How to export
- If you want to export everything, either select or deselect all objects. If you only want to export a part of your model, select it.
- Choose File > Export > STL
- Choose a destination and click Save
- Adjust export settings and click OK
Single STL File
If multiple objects are selected for export, check this setting to put all generated meshes into a single file. If you leave this option unckecked then a separate file will be created for each selected object.
STL can be saved as a text file or in binary. Check this option to save the smaller binary variant.