How can I export my complex model to a STL file, only the outer faces included - no inner components and faces

posted by Apr 29, 2015 in NX Design Forum by goeck (120 points)
I want to show off my device in a 3D webviewer which can load STL files. After exporting my complex model to STL the file has 1.3GB because of all the inner components. Those are not visible in the viewer and not needed in the exported model.

How can I generate a kind of simplifed model including only the faces that are visible from outside?

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answered May 5, 2015 by Ronaldvandenbroek (9,770 points)
With the Linked exterior from advance assemblies you can create an outer shell of your assembly. This will remove all inner faces which "can't be touched by light.."
Now you will have a lightweight geometry which you can export as STL.
commented May 7, 2015 by goeck (120 points)
Thanks for the answer. We tried it and it works fine though the whole model still is huge in terms of data size.
I have to play around with some kind of resolution maybe.
Also all components still had their own outer surfaces, which could be seen in a cut view...