Hi I currently have a STL file of a 3D object

Is it possible for me to obtain the coordinates of the object so that I can just input that into Autodesk Inventor

  • $\begingroup$ I don't think that Mathematica is the best tool for this job. Take a look e.g. at this discussion on methods to import STL to Inventor. The general suggestion is to either use a plugin to enable Inventor to read and process STL files, or to go through a third application first for conversion. $\endgroup$
    – MarcoB
    Feb 13, 2016 at 17:40
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    $\begingroup$ Regarding closure: While Mathematica may not be the optimal tool out of the box, someone around may supply a workable solution, so I would not close unless this is a duplicate. Mathematica is suboptimal for many tasks, which nevertheless get done with it. $\endgroup$
    – Yves Klett
    Feb 15, 2016 at 13:41

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An example from the STL documentation that returns the coordinates of an object:

Import["ExampleData/spikey.stl", "VertexData"]
  {{-0.294944, 0.907744, 1.2494}, {0., 0., 0.951057},
   {-1.2494, 0.907744, -0.294944}, {-1.2494, -0.907744, -0.294944}}

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