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Offline SebastianG

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Import multiple .STL files as single Alembic File
« on: July 23, 2018, 10:44:36 am »
Hello everyone,

I got a lot of .STL files of a water simulation and I would like to know if there is a possibility to convert them to Alembic Format (.abc)?

At the moment I have to import each .stl manually, calculate the normals (edit geometry), group them (carfully). Then I hide all .stl except one and add the current view to the render queue. I have to do that for each frame  :(

Well it takes ages and I wondered if there is a better way to do that?
I searched but I could not find a converter to save all .stl files in a single .abc file.

Thanks!

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Re: Import multiple .STL files as single Alembic File
« Reply #1 on: August 06, 2018, 04:06:05 pm »
Where are your files coming from (what software are they made in?)

Offline SebastianG

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Re: Import multiple .STL files as single Alembic File
« Reply #2 on: August 07, 2018, 09:48:25 am »
Currently I'm doing some fluid simulations with SimScale which is a cloud Simulation Platform.
I create Multi-phase simulations with water and air. SimScale uses OpenFOAM as Solver. 

Here is an example how the simulations look like:

I can download the results and open them in ParaView. Then I extract the "surface" between the water phase and air phase. Finally I can export stl-Files of each time step. Unfortunately I could not find a way to export to alembic format  :(