Our free and fast tool will convert most 3D mesh or STL (Standard Triangle Language) model files to a standard VTK (Visualization Toolkit) file that can then be edited further in most popular 3D editing packages such as Blender or 3D printed without any further processing. Our conversion tool can also batch convert multiple STL files, up to 25 files at a time can be converted.
To convert your STL file click the Upload button above and select the file to convert. Once selected, the file will be converted to a VTK file and will ready for download shortly afterwards. For more information about the STL to VTK conversion process see the conversion information section below for more information.
Here are 2 simple steps to convert your STL to VTK.
You can convert from both text and binary STL files. If your STL file contains color information we will bring this over.
First click the "Upload..." button, select your STL file to upload. Select any configuration options. When the STL to VTK conversion has completed, you can download your VTK file straight away.
We aim to process all STL to VTK conversions as quickly as possible, this usually takes around 5 seconds but can be more for larger more complex files so please be patient.
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.
Yes, of course! We do not store the STL file you submit to us. The resulting VTK file, once created is deleted 15 minutes after upload and the download link will expire after this time.
Yes! Our STL to VTK tool will run on any system with a modern web browser. No specialist software is needed to run any of our conversion tools.
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.
|Full Name||Standard Triangle Language|
|Format||Text & Binary|
|Open With||Blender, MeshLab, CAD Assistant, DAZ Studio|
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.
Standard STL files do not contain material or color information so this cannot be imported. There are however two formats (VisCAM and SolidView) that attempted to add color information to the STL file format. If our tool detects this additional color information it will attempt to import this information.
|Full Name||Visualization Toolkit|
The VTK file format is a 3D modelling and graphics format supported by the Visualization Toolkit. Created in the '90s the Visualization Toolkit provides a series of data and visual tools for advanced 3D modelling applications. Some example functions of the toolkit include polygon simplification, mesh repair and smoothing and more.
The format has evolved over the years. Starting out as a simple text-based format that could be edited within a simple text editor. Additional features have been added over the years with the most recent version of the format supporting an Xml based format.
Any model converted to the VTK format will be stored in a triangulated mesh format.
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