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Converting SolidWorks STL files into urdf file

asked 2012-06-15 04:48:33 -0500

igoliao gravatar image

updated 2012-06-15 06:54:54 -0500

David Lu gravatar image

I have the solidworks stl file of my robot, but how can I convert it into urdf file? I have tried simmechanics_to_urdf, but it seems don't work at all. For example, the stl file is test.stl (asscii), which pkg and node can do this job. Thank you.

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dornhenge is right that you can just use it in a URDF directly, but it won't have any flexible joints. What part of simmechanics_to_urdf were you having trouble with?

David Lu gravatar image David Lu  ( 2012-06-15 06:55:58 -0500 )edit

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answered 2012-06-15 06:10:30 -0500

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You can use an STL file directly as a mesh in a URDF link. There might be some issues when exporting the STL from SolidWorks. You need to choose the correct units and export as binary IIRC.

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Yeah, it really works, thank you very much!

igoliao gravatar image igoliao  ( 2012-06-15 16:57:59 -0500 )edit

answered 2012-10-07 10:25:50 -0500

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There is now a solidworks plugin to do this. sw_urdf_exporter

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Outstanding thanks for the update

phil0stine gravatar image phil0stine  ( 2012-10-07 20:29:05 -0500 )edit

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