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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 11391:Which file formats to use to bring a 3D model into Paint 3D?
Tip 11387:How to edit large STL files in Fusion 360?
Tip 11311:Importing STL files directly into AutoCAD.
Tip 10537:Conversion of Mesh to T-Spline fails in Fusion360.
Tip 10303:Overview of CAD formats supported in Inventor 2016 (import/export).


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