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STL Viewers and STL repair

Virtually all Rapid Prototyping and 3D Printing machines use the STL file format for input.

Below follows a list of programs to view and also sometimes convert, repair, edit, scale or cut STL files.

To learn how to export a STL file from your CAD program see here.

Open Source STL Viewers

  • Linux Mac Windows GLC_Player

    GLC_Player is an Open Source software used to view 3D models (COLLADA 3DXML OBJ 3DS STL OFF COFF Format) and to navigate easily in these models. English and French interface.

  • Linux Mac Windows Gmsh

    Gmsh is a 3D finite element grid generator with a build-in CAD engine and post-processor.

  • Linux Mac Windows Meshlab

    Besides being a viewer, this is also a very powerful mesh editor. Meshlab supports a very wide range of 3D file formats.

  • Linux Windows Viewstl

    Viewstl is an open source way to view Stereo Lithography Files as shaded on-screen images. Ascii STL files and dynamic rotation, scaling, and panning are currently supported.

Free STL Viewers

  • Windows EasyViewStl

    Simple but lightweight and fast viewer.

    Unfortunately only available with German interface

  • Windows MiniMagics

    MiniMagics can also analyze and section parts. English, German and Japanese versions.

  • Linux Mac Windows NetFabb Studio

    Powerful viewer that can also repair, scale, cut, edit meshes and much more. English and German interface.

  • Windows VisCAM View

    VisCAM View is a very easy-to-use and efficient tool to view, check, measure and communicate STL files. Visualisation of STL, 3DS, VRML, DXF, PLY, ZPR and VFX files.