Check the thickness of an STL object with Netfabb Studio Basic

Use Netfabb to measure the thickness of an STL object

he thickness that the 3D printer can manufacture differs depending on the material. Because of this, it is important to check the thickness when making 3D data. Here we will introduce a way to measure thickness in your 3D data easily and for free. (Please see the material information for the thickness of each material)

1. Download netfabb

Install the free STL check tool Netfabb Studio Basic (below, Netfabb), referring here for details.

Select STL file

After installation, start Netfabb and open the STL file you want to measure the thickness of. It is necessary to make a one time conversion of files that are not in the STL format. The free Meshlab is convenient as a conversion software.

3. Switch to the measuring tool

Switch by clicking on the measuring tool icon on the upper right of Netfabb.

4. Change to the wall thickness check mode

Click the "Check Wall Thickness" icon a little way down on the right hand side of Netfabb to change to the thickness check mode.

5. Check the wall thickness

When you click on the part of the object you want to measure, the thickness of that part will be shown.

6. Confirm the measurement point

If you drag the box showing the thickness, you can check what part’s thickness is being measured.

7. Measure detailed areas

You can change the angle by dragging while holding a right click. In addition, you can zoom in and zoom out by scrolling. By changing the size and angle of the object you can measure the thickness of small areas.

Please refer here for a free way of checking whether your data can be formed with a 3D printer.