4 Best Free DAE To STL Converter Software For Windows

Here is a list of best free DAE to STL converter software for Windows. Both DAE (COLLADA) and STL files are used to store and transfer 3D scenes and models. In order to convert DAE to STL, you need to use these DAE to STL converter software. Using these software, you can also convert DAE files to 3DS, OBJ, PLY, SVG, etc.

The process of conversion is pretty straightforward in all software as you just need to use either save as or export option to change the format. These software also let you view and edit DAE files before the conversion. For viewing, these DAE converters provide tools like front view, back view, orientation, zoom, and more. Similarly, most software also provide various editing tools like smooth out the surface, change the color of the model, change shade, insert, apply material, change appearance, etc.

My Favorite DAE To STL Converter Software For Windows:

FreeCAD is my favorite software because it provides a simple conversion process. Plus, it also offers the most number of viewing and editing tools. I also like its ability to support a lot of CAD and 3D file formats.

You can also check out lists of best free STP File ConverterDXF to DWG Converter, and DNG Converter software for Windows.

FreeCAD



FreeCAD is a free open source DAE to STL converter software for Windows. Using it, you can easily convert a DAE file to STL, DWG, DXF, OBJ, PLY, SVG, BMS, and other formats. Using it, you can also view and edit textures and 3D models present in a DAE file before the conversion. In order to edit the DAE file model, you can use its tool sections like part design, architecture design, ship design, etc. Using these sections, you can also create a design or 3D model from scratch.

To convert DAE to STL, first, load a DAE file to this software. After that, edit the DAE file before conversion, if required. Now, select area of the model that you want to save and open the Export menu. From the Export menu, select the STL option to start the conversion.

This software also contains many additional tools. Some of which are Macro Recording, Macro Editing, Scene Inspector, Dependency Graphs, and etc.

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MeshLab



MeshLab is the next free DAE to STL converter software for Windows. Using this software, you can also make minor changes to a model or scene present in a DAE file. It does not provide various essential editing tools like other similar software. Still, changes including smooth out the surface, change the color of the model, change shade, and drawing design over the model can be done using it.

This software is not quite good for editing, but for just viewing and analyzing a scene or model, it is quite decent. For viewing, you can use its model orientation, 3D model position over the plane, zoom on the model, wireframe view, point view, and other tools.

After viewing and editing, you can now convert a DAE file to STL by using its Export option. From its Export option, select the STL format and press OK to start the conversion process. Besides STL, you can also export DAE files in PLY, 3DS, OBJ, WRL, DXF, CTM, etc. formats.

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Wings3D



Wings3D is another free DAE to STL converter software for Windows. It is primarily an advanced subdivision modeler through which you can perform file format conversion as well as editing.

Before converting a DAE file to STL, you can edit the model present in the DAE file. To edit the model, you can use its editing tools like Extrude, Extract, Sweep, Inset, Intrude, Flatten, Bump, Lift, Hole, etc. Using it, you can also add various inbuilt shapes to the existing models like Cube, Cylinder, Sphere, Cone, Octahedron, etc. All the shapes and required tools can be accessed easily from its right-click menu. Apart from editing tools, some viewing tools to view the model from all directions are also available in it.

After viewing and editing, you can easily export the DAE model in STL file, using its Export menu. Besides STL, it also possible to export the DAE file as RWXEPS, etc. files.

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NuGraf



NuGraf is yet another free DAE to STL converter software for Windows. Using it, you can easily convert a DAE file to STL file format. In it, you also get batch file conversion feature through which you can convert multiple DAE files to STL format simultaneously. Besides STL, you can also convert a DAE file to XAML, U3D, VRML, PLY, STL, XGL, etc. formats through this software.

Before the conversion, you can open and analyze 3D models present in a DAE file. To view model or models present in a DAE file, you can use standard viewing tools such as pan, zoom, tilt camera, orbit camera, rotate, etc. Plus, options to rotate the model in different directions to properly view it are also available.

The process of converting a DAE file to STL is simple. You just need to export the DAE model in STL file format using its Export or Batch Convert option from the File menu.

Note: This free version of NuGraf does not show/export every fifth polygon of a model or scene present in a DAE or other supported file formats. To remove this limitation, you need to purchase the paid version of this software.

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