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Convert STL files to editable parts in Inventor.

A - answer With the application "Mesh Enabler" from Autodesk Exchange Apps (add-on app for Subscription customers) you can convert STL (stereolithography) files imported into Inventor 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016 and higher (open via drag-n-drop or Open) to editable parts.

Right-click in the browser tree and choose "Convert to Base Feature". You may need to Stitch (repair) the model afterwards.

The resulting model can be dimensioned.

In Inventor 2015, 2016 and higher you can also import an STL file directly through I > Open > Import CAD file (or just Open). But you cannot convert the 3D mesh.

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See also:
Tip 12297:Which CAD formats are supported in the Autodesk Manufacturing Data Exchange Utility?
Tip 12184:Overview of CAD formats supported in Inventor 2020 (import/export/AnyCAD).
Tip 11972:How to convert a Tinkercad 3D model to a DWG file?
Tip 11806:Higher precision for facetted round surfaces in STL export from Inventor.
Tip 11590:How to replace a 3D mesh model with a grid structure?


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