stl2pov is an easy to use command line application that can generate a POVray mesh from a STL file. It creates either triangles by default, but can generate smooth_trianges.
This program must be run from the command line:
· Start a command interpreter:
click on start
choose «run program»
fill in «cmd» or «command»
· In the command interpreter window:
Change to the directory where you unpacked the zipfile.
To test the program, type the command ‘stl2pov foo.stl’
If you want to capture the output of the program, use the pipe or redirection operators: ‘stl2pov foo.stl|more’, or ‘stl2pov foo.stl >foo.inc’
stl2pov is a 3D viewer for the POVRay file format.
stl2pov provides an interface to the POVRay executable. It is very easy to use. stl2pov uses a standard POVRay viewer as its base interface, and is independent of the POVRay version.
Use the right command for the version of POVRay you want to generate meshes from stl files:
For versions 8.54 or lower, you can call stl2pov directly as:
stl2pov offers full command line options, to control the output format and range of options.
Information on the stl2pov format can be found here:
This application is released as freeware. It will operate on Windows and Mac OSX.
For Windows users, the ZIP package contains the executable and a few sample files. Double click on the executable to start the application. Windows users can also create a setup package for installation (see below). To run the application in Windows, change to the directory containing the zipfile and type the command:
stl2pov mystl.stl >mymesh.pov
See the next section for instructions on how to install.
For Mac OSX users, the application can be installed simply by moving the unzipped folder into a directory where Mac OSX can find it. To run the application in Mac OSX, change to the directory containing the zipfile and type the command:
stl2pov mystl.stl >mymesh.pov
stl2pov can be used to convert in-place files, when the mesh is already in POVRay. To do so, for each geometry in the mesh:
· Start the command interpreter.
· Change to the directory containing the files.
· Create a temporary file in the same directory.
· Close the command interpreter window.
· Type: ‘povcat -s *.pov
As a safety precaution, ‘povcat’ will generate an error message on failure if it is attempting to edit an existing file. If this is the case, delete the temporary file
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It is the author’s goal to provide this software as an easy-to-use
command line application. This design decision was made because the
command line interface is a common tool across most users and the
applications that share the same viewers.
In order to run the program, the user does not have to install anything. It
is intended that this program can run from any directory. So all you have to do
is to copy the executable to anywhere. To make the program run from any directory
you select «Browse» to «Choose a directory» and navigate to the directory where
the executable was installed. From now on the program will be executed from
Note: If you use Windows, you might have to specify the -S parameter to the
executable. (The -S parameter is used to make the program executable)
The memory limit for the drawing is determined by the following line:
#define RAM_CACHE_SIZE (1.0 * RAM_GLOBAL)
See also the POV-Ray manual for details on setting the memory limit.
The tool uses two command line switches to specify the options in the file:
-v, -V = Verbosity
To get an idea about what commands the program will execute.
-o, -O = Output format
In order to run the program in generation mode you have to specify «-O».
-n, -N = The number of triangles in the mesh.
You can specify -n to know how many triangles the mesh contains. This is
useful in some cases, where you can only allow the program to run if you
know how many triangles the mesh contains.
-f, -F = The distance factor for mapping the vectors to the mesh
The distance factor is a range of values for mapping the vectors to the
mesh. The default value is 0.5, which means that the value is mapped to
[0.0, 0.5] for the vectors. Since 0 is not an acceptable value for a vertex
position, you can specify a value between 0.0 and 1.0. The default value is
0.0, which means there is no mapping.
You can specify -f to know how many times the distance factor is
multiplied by the vectors that are mapped to the mesh.
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· Invert the mesh using the program’stl2pov_run.exe’.
· read the modified STL file
· run stl2pov_povray.exe
··· «stl2pov_povray.exe» reads your altered mesh
··· then outputs a mesh to the.ppm file
stl2pov will output 3 meshes, one triangular, one flat, and one smooth. The Outputs can be customized by changing the «–flat-output» and «–smooth-output» arguments.
There is an example shown below to show how to do this.
· Open it to learn how.
· The examples are in the directory of the ZIP file.
I have a few 3D objects I’ve scanned in, and I’d like to export them in.stl format and make a POVray mesh out of them, so I can use them in 3D tools.
I’ve been looking at this, and I have stl2pov handy, but my «foo.stl» files aren’t working out. It’ll just create one mesh, not the one I want. Is there some way to get it to create multiple meshes?
Both the original scanner and stl2pov have no idea how to process half a single-sided object. The part of the object that is on the other side of the plane that is being triangulated is effectively invisible, so stl2pov can’t find it.
This is solved by simply removing the part of the object that isn’t visible. It’s as easy as cutting the part off the object with a «trim tool» (Select > Trim…), then using stl2pov again.
I’m using zero-precision pixels and I want to be able to rotate the object in the final POV. I can rotate using Poser 6’s «rotate», but I can’t scale. I found this command to scale, but it doesn’t work with my render engine:
scale -1 1 1
Here’s what I tried to find my solution for scaling, but it has the same «doesn’t work» results as the rotate command:
(There are two single-sided objects
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stl2pov is a command line utility for building POVray meshes from STL file format. This utility requires POVray 3.7 to operate.
What the user sees:
The user gets a window that allows specifying the input STL file name, and the output directory for saving the mesh file. Below this is a window that allows you to specify the option arguments.
If the user fills in the input file name, then the program generates a mesh file in the output directory.
In addition to the standard options, a user-defined option allows:
the number of quads to create, or
the number of trimaps to create,
the type of trimaps, triangle or smooth_triangles
the size of the vertices in the flat pose, or
the size of the vertices in the perspective pose, or
the size of the triangles, or
the thickness of the triangles.
To get all the details, see the man page.
To exit the application, click on the ‘x’ icon, or choose to close the window.
The generated mesh files can be opened in a 3D graphics software such as, OpenGL, OpenGL ES, or Meshlab.
How stl2pov works:
· This program works by dividing the
original mesh, in the form of a raw mesh, in to a number
of smaller mesh patches. For example, if a raw polygon is
formed by removing the outer shell from an inflated sphere,
then the raw polygon can be split into smaller polygon.
· Then, an occlusion graph is formed for each
patch, using the original raw mesh as an input.
· There are a number of formulas for
calculating occlusion. In the proposed program, the
simplest occlusion graph is used, which is shown
in the figure below.
The computed occlusion at a vertex is calculated
by the following equation.
Occlusion(V, W) = (R(V) + R(W)) / (R(V) + R(W) + R(W, V))
Where the three vertices V, W, and W form a triangle.
The occlusion at a vertex v, is the ratio of the sum
of the product of face weights for all triangles
that share the same tangent vector (the faces that
will be visible from v).
v –vector– @ (cos
System Requirements For Stl2pov:
OS: Windows 7, Windows 8 (64-bit only)
Processor: Intel Core 2 Quad 2.66GHz
Memory: 4 GB RAM
Graphics: NVIDIA GeForce GTX 560
DirectX: Version 9.0c
Network: Broadband Internet connection
Hard Drive: 50 GB available space
Sound Card: DirectX compatible
Additional Notes: Windows 8 key required
Processor: Intel Core 2 Quad 3.0GHz