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How to convert a .THING file to a 3D CAD model?

A - answer The .THING file format (MakerBot) is a container for STL files. Think of it as an assembly file format for STL parts/models for 3D printing. You can get many many .thing files from

You can decompress any .thing file using WinZip, WinRAR or with most other compression tools (a.o. also by pressing Ctrl-PgDn in Total Commander). So you will get one or more .STL files plus a .JSON control file with assembly instructions - transformation matrices.

Transformations would be more complicated, but extracting the individual STL file allows you to convert them (individually) to your CAD as 3D mesh models. You can directly import STL e.g. into the latest version of Autodesk Inventor, Revit, Fusion 360, 3ds Max, Showcase or MeshMixer - see Formats. Or you can use our STL2DWG web service to convert your STL file(s) to AutoCAD.

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13.3.2014    48813×  
applies to: AutoCAD · Inventor · Revit · Fusion 360 360 ·

See also:
Tip 13013:Converting a 3D mesh to a 3D solid in Fusion 360.
Tip 12588:Which CAD formats can be be translated in Fusion 360 even without the cloud, offline?
Tip 12029:How to print 3D characters designed in Autodesk Character Generator?
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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