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STL File Import

This example shows how to add a geometry to your PDE model by importing an STL file, and then plot the geometry. Generally, you create the STL file by exporting from a CAD system, such as SolidWorks®. For best results, export a fine (not coarse) STL file in binary (not ASCII) format. After importing, view the geometry using the pdegplot function. To see the face IDs, set the FaceLabels name-value pair to 'on'.

View the geometry examples included with Partial Differential Equation Toolbox™.

model = createpde;
importGeometry(model,'Torus.stl');
pdegplot(model,'FaceLabels','on')

model = createpde;
importGeometry(model,'Block.stl');
pdegplot(model,'FaceLabels','on')

model = createpde;
importGeometry(model,'Plate10x10x1.stl');
pdegplot(model,'FaceLabels','on')

model = createpde;
importGeometry(model,'Tetrahedron.stl');
pdegplot(model,'FaceLabels','on')

model = createpde;
importGeometry(model,'BracketWithHole.stl');
pdegplot(model,'FaceLabels','on')

model = createpde;
importGeometry(model,'BracketTwoHoles.stl');
pdegplot(model,'FaceLabels','on')

To see hidden portions of the geometry, rotate the figure using Rotate 3D button

or the view function. You can rotate the angle bracket to obtain the following view.

pdegplot(model,'FaceLabels','on')
view([-24 -19])

model = createpde;
importGeometry(model,'ForearmLink.stl');
pdegplot(model,'FaceLabels','on');

pdegplot(model,'FaceLabels','on','FaceAlpha',0.5)

When you import a planar STL geometry, the toolbox converts it to a 2-D geometry by mapping it to the X-Y plane.

model = createpde;
importGeometry(model,'PlateHolePlanar.stl');
pdegplot(model,'EdgeLabels','on')