a good way to convert a 3D print file like STL to STEP a useable file format for plastic injection molding companies
I don't know much about plastic injection molding companies, but I do manipulate a lot STEP, STL files and I do know that it is possible to achieve "a good way to convert […] STL to STEP file format […]". For the record, the manufacturing ...
It depends very much on the molding company, and how much engineering service you can afford to buy from them.
Some will remodel your entire part anyway, to make it suitable for molding. Others will only accept specific formats and parts that are engineered 100 % ready to be molded.
So talk to them first, if they only use your file as a template, it ...
The fact you may be able to produce a STP file is no guarantee the company will be able to injection mold it.
You should ask the intended recipient of the file what are the actual requirements they need for making the injection mold.
STEP and STL are not two different ways to store the same information. They are two different standards with different ...
I've been able to manipulate an STL file using the hobbyist version (free) of Fusion 360. There's a series of steps involved that may require some research and experimentation, at least it did in my case.
One loads the STL file into Fusion 360 by using Insert, Mesh.
Once loaded, turn off history.
The next step is to convert the mesh file to BREP.
In that ...
Even though OpenSCAD can import a variety of formats, the file structure will not be accepted by Thingiverse in the manner presented by the OP.
OpenSCAD is a text-based description language. One creates parameters assigned to specific aspects of a model and implements those parameters to create the desired shapes/components by typing in a text editor. The ...
I found a website, CadMesh, to convert the file for me. So far they are a free platform. I recommend to give it a shot.
Doing some research on internet I also found this good tutorial:
Bantam Tools Blog - Convert STL to STEP
But the FreeCAD software seems to have some limitation on handling complex shapes. It may work for you.
Step 1: Download a Conversion ...