The STL Import Software is a new module used with the CarveWright Designer software which allows users to scale and slice three dimensional STL models at various depths or angles and make them into carve-able patterns. Once complete, all of the slices can be reassembled into an exact physical replica of the STL object.

Can I use the STL Importer to edit the CarveWright patterns to make them 3D? This tool is an Importer for bringing in data not already in the CarveWright format. Most CarveWright files are already 3D, if they are not then the Pattern Editor is the best tool for doing this.

We do not have a Demo version at this time. However there are tutorial videos that you can watch by clicking tutorials.

The data in a STL file describes the surface geometry of the three dimensional object. This format is an industry standard, used by all rapid prototyping, scanning, animation, and computer-aided manufacturing software packages (as an import or export option).

No, these are 2D file formats. STL Importer only supports STL file import.

With the Pattern Modeling Suite, STL Importer, and either Pattern Editor or Pattern Sculptor, you can export your models in STL format.

See the tutorials. These provide the best explanation of the issues involved in slicing complex models.

Fortunately, there are several online repositories of existing historical and relevant cultural 3-D objects that can be accessed for free, meaning that you don’t even have to create your own models in many cases.
To locate 3D files to carve, you can Google “3D meshes” or “3D models” and find many sites offering free models. Below are links to just a few favorites we’ve found:

http://www.3dxtras.com/

http://sketchup.google.com/3dwarehouse/

http://www.3dm3.com/modelsbank/

http://www.trekmeshes.ch/

http://www.scifi3d.com/

Not at this time.

We recommend a screen resolution of at least 1024×768 for the STL Importer, but any video card that works with the CarveWright Designer software will work. We have not encountered any that do not work.

We recommend at least 1GB of RAM, the more the better. Otherwise, there are no additional requirements beyond those of the CarveWright Designer software.

No, only STL files are supported. However, many 3D packages, including some that are free, can convert to STL format.