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Convert your STL file to GIF

Create 3D animations with our easy-to-use and free tool. Our tool lets you upload a STL (Standard Triangle Language) 3D model file, and from this, create an animated GIF (Graphics Interchange Format) file that you can then download and share without the need for any complex 3D modeling software.

Our STL to GIF animation tool includes options to adjust the camera position within the 3D world, set the resolution of the generated GIF file, and, if your STL file contains any animations, allow you to set the animation to play. To get started, please click the Upload button and select your STL file.

How to Convert your STL to GIF Online?

Here are three simple steps to create an GIF file from a STL file.

Upload a STL

Click the "Upload a File" button and select STL to upload. The maximum file size is 100MB.

Select your Options

Set the dimensions and other options, and click the "Convert to GIF" button to convert your STL to GIF.

Download your GIF

Click the download link once completed to receive your GIF file.

File Format Information for STL to GIF

ExtensionSTL
Full NameStandard Triangle Language
Type3D Model
Mime Typeapplication/vnd.ms-pki.stl
FormatText & Binary
ToolsSTL Converters, 3D Model Voxelizer, Create STL Animation, Compress STL, Text to STL, STL Viewer
Open WithBlender, Daz Studio, MeshLab, CAD Assistant

Description

The STL file format has its roots in the 1980's and is the native file format for 3D Systems stereolithography CAD software. The format defines a triangulated mesh with vertices and faces and is a popular format for sharing 3D printable model files.

There were several formats that attempted to extend the STL format, namely SolidView and VisCAM, whose formats included limited 15-bit color information for each mesh face, which is often ignored by most modern 3D software. The STL format can be either text or binary; our tools will support both formats.

STL Notes

Standard STL files do not contain material or color information, so this cannot be imported. There are, however, two formats (VisCAM and SolidView) that attempt to add color information to the STL file format. If our tool detects this additional color information, it will attempt to import this information.

Supported Features

  • Mesh geometry
  • Face colors via the VisCAM and SolidView formats
  • Binary and text versions are supported
ExtensionGIF
Full NameGraphics Interchange Format
TypeImage
Mime Typeimage/gif
FormatBinary
ToolsGIF Converters, Create Cookie Cutter, GIF Viewer
Open WithPaint.NET

Description

GIF files have been around since the mid-to-late 1980's and were introduced by CompuServe as a way to compress color images into small file sizes suitable for downloading, at which time most download speeds were limited. The format allows varying-size color palettes of up to 256 colors in total to be defined from a palette of 16 million colors.

Later on, the ability to add animations to the GIF file format was added. GIF files became a popular image file format for the early internet due to their small size, large color palette, and animation capabilities, and they are still popular today.

Frequently Asked Questions

How can I convert my STL file to GIF?

First click the "Upload..." button, select your STL file to upload. Select any configuration options. When the STL to GIF conversion has completed, you can download your GIF file straight away.

How long does it take to convert my STL to GIF?

We aim to process all STL to GIF conversions as quickly as possible, this usually takes around 5 seconds but can be more for larger more complex files so please be patient.

How accurate is the STL to GIF conversion?

We aim to create the most accurate conversions with our tools. Our tools are under constant development with new features and improvements being added every week.

Is it safe to convert my STL to GIF on ImageToStl.com?

Yes, of course! We do not store the STL file you submit to us. The resulting GIF file, once created is deleted 15 minutes after upload and the download link will expire after this time.

Can I convert my STL to GIF on Windows, Linux, Android, iOS or Mac OS?

Yes! Our STL to GIF tool will run on any system with a modern web browser. No specialist software is needed to run any of our conversion tools.

What if I am using an Ad Blocker, will that affect things?

Yes. Although you can use an Ad Blocker, if you like our STL conversion tool please consider white-listing our site. When an Ad Blocker is enabled there are some conversion limits on some of our tools and processing/conversion times will be longer.

Can I get support with converting my STL to GIF?

Yes. When you have converted your STL to GIF, there is a "Feedback" option that you can use to let us know of any issues you encountered when converting your file.

What STL formats can I convert from?

You can convert from both text and binary STL files. If your STL file contains color information we will bring this over.

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