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Why is my STL file imported into Inventor 10x smaller?

A - answer As with other imports, the size depends on your choice of units. Interal units used by Inventor are centimeters (cm). "Unitless" model files should be then imported in centimeters. If you choose [mm] on STL import, the resulting model will be 10-times smaller.

So when reading your .STL file (with I > Open > Import CAD files), click on the Options button and choose Centimeter as the units.

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applies to: Inventor 2016 · Inventor 2015 ·

See also:
Tip 10537:Conversion of Mesh to T-Spline fails in Fusion360.
Tip 10303:Overview of CAD formats supported in Inventor 2016 (import/export).
Tip 10102:How to simplify a complex 3D mesh model?
Tip 9972:Create free 3D PDF output files from any CAD software.
Tip 9778:Overview of CAD formats supported in Inventor 2015 (import/export).


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