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Two ways of exporting an Inventor assembly to a STL file.

A - answer You can use two methods to publish 3D assemblies (IAM) from Inventor to stereolithografy (STL) files for 3D printing:
  1. Export: I > Export > CAD Format > type STL
  2. 3D print: I > Print > Send to 3D Print Service

Both methods generate identical STL files. In both cases you can set format, resolution (precision) and color support for the generated STL file.

The 3D print method also displays dimensions (volume) of the model in the selected scale. So you can estimate the price of the printed 3D model, or check the printability of the model on a given 3D printer.

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10.2.2013    2926x  
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applies to: Inventor 2013 ·

See also:
Tip 11311:Importing STL files directly into AutoCAD.
Tip 9654:CAD formats supported in online viewer under Autodesk 360.
Tip 9484:Convert STL files to editable parts in Inventor.
Tip 9403:CAD formats supported in Autodesk VRED Pro.
Tip 7905:CAD formats supported in Autodesk Showcase 2012.

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