Print in 3D from Revit with STL Explorer

In response to demand in the industry for 3D printers, Autodesk have developed an STL export plug-in for Revit 2009. The plug-in allows Revit users to generate STL files from Refit files at the click of a button.

STL files are used directly by the majority of 3D printing and / or rapid prototyping solutions to produce true three-dimensional models of your building’s design. Previously, STL files were only available to the Revit community using 3rd party software, but the team over at Autodesk Labs have made an official Autodesk version available to the public.

Both 32-bit and 64-bit versions of the Revit family are supported.

Click here to download from Autodesk Labs

To Get Started

–   Download the ZIP package that contains the installer, installation and user instructions, and a feedback form.

–   Unzip the downloaded ZIP file.

–   Follow the Read Me file to install the STL Exporter.

–   The next time you open Revit 2009 you will see a new option called Export STL under the Tools: External Tools menu.

To Use It

–   Load a model and select a 3D view that you want to use as the basis for your print.

–   Using the instructions in the Read Me file set up your 3D view in one of the Revit 2009 family of products.

–   Export the model using the command under the Tools: External Tools menu.

–   Make any required changes to the STL file using an STL viewer.

–   Print the STL file using a 3D Printer.

–   Enjoy the fruits of your labour!

Note on Scaling

Regardless of settings in Revit, the STL exporter always sends out your file in feet. To make the scale for your final product, you will need to scale it (based on a conversion from feet) at the time of import into your secondary application.

Supported Applications

The STL Exporter is compatible with the following applications:

–   Autodesk Revit Architecture 2009

–   Autodesk Revit Structure 2009

–   Autodesk Revit MEP 2009

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