V5 3D Modeling


#1

I’ve wanted to make a 3D model of your robot, but the program I am currently using does not support the assets the models for each part comes in (.STEP). Is there a way I can simply convert to .stl without an external program or find a separate .stl list?


#2

If you are serious about 3d modeling, I suggest you take advantage of the free software available to robotics teams: SolidWorks, Fusion, or Inventor. The attached white paper may be helpful.

I don’t think you’ll find .stl files of every robot part as these are not parametric CAD models, they are mainly used for 3d printing of parts.
CAD for VEX Robotics.pdf (191 KB)


#3

As stated by @kmmohn,


.stl

files are meshes, not parametric CAD models. The


.stl

file format, as a result, loses information compared to its parametric counterparts.

Solidworks, Autodesk Fusion 360, and Autodesk Inventor are indeed free-for-education, industry-standard parametric CAD tools.

FreeCAD is another great tool that also supports the necessary features for VEX. It is completely free and tends to be a bit easier on system resources.