PLY to STL Converter

Select files for conversion or just drag and drop them to the upload area

How to convert PLY files to STL online?

Step 1.

Upload PLY-file

Click "Choose File" button to select a ply file on your computer. PLY file size can be up to 50 Mb.
Step 2.

Convert PLY to STL

Click "Convert" button to start conversion.
Step 3.

Download your STL

When the conversion process is complete, you can download the STL file.

FAQ

  • ❓ How can I convert PLY to STL?
    First you need to add file for conversion: drag and drop your PLY file or click the "Choose File" button. Then click the "Convert" button. When PLY to STL conversion is completed, you can download your STL file.
  • ⏱️ How long does it take to convert PLY to STL?
    Mesh conversion is pretty fast. You can change PLY to STL in a few seconds.
  • 🛡️ Is it safe to convert PLY to STL on AnyConv?
    Of course! We delete uploaded files immediately, and converted ones after 24 hours. No one has access to your files. File conversion (including PLY to STL) is absolutely safe.
  • 💻 Can I convert PLY to STL on Mac OS or Linux?
    Yes, you can use AnyConv on any operating system that has a web browser. Our PLY to STL converter works online and does not require software installation.

Information about PLY and STL file formats

Name PLY STL
Full name Polygon File Format Stereolithography File Format
File extension .ply .stl
MIME type text/plain
Developed by Greg Turk, Stanford University 3D Systems
Type of format
Description PLY is a computer file format known as the Polygon File Format or the Stanford Triangle Format. It was principally designed to store three-dimensional data from 3D scanners. The data storage format supports a relatively simple description of a single object as a list of nominally flat polygons. A variety of properties can be stored, including: color and transparency, surface normals, texture coordinates and data confidence values. The format permits one to have different properties for the front and back of a polygon. There are two versions of the file format, one in ASCII, the other in binary. STL is a file format native to the stereolithography CAD software created by 3D Systems. This file format is supported by many other software packages. It is widely used for rapid prototyping, 3D printing and computer-aided manufacturing. STL files describe only the surface geometry of a three-dimensional object without any representation of color, texture or other common CAD model attributes. The STL format specifies both ASCII and binary representations. Binary files are more common, since they are more compact.
Technical details Files are organised as a header, that specifies the elements of a mesh and their types, followed by the list of elements itself. The elements are usually vertices and faces, but may include other entities such as edges, samples of range maps, and triangle strips. The header of both ASCII and binary files is ASCII text. Only the numerical data that follows the header is different between the two versions. The header always starts with a "magic number", a line containing "ply" which identifies the file as a PLY file. An STL file describes a raw, unstructured triangulated surface by the unit normal and vertices (ordered by the right-hand rule) of the triangles using a three-dimensional Cartesian coordinate system. In the original specification, all STL coordinates were required to be positive numbers, but this restriction is no longer enforced and negative coordinates are commonly encountered in STL files today. STL files contain no scale information, and the units are arbitrary.
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Associated programs MeshLab, quick3D TurboCAD, GOM Inspect, STL Viewer, Geomagic Explorer, Parametric Technology Creo, Dassault Systemes CATIA, KeyCreator, MeshLab, SolidWorks, Pro/Engineer, CloudCompare, Blender, AutoCAD, 3D Studio Max, Autodesk Inventor, Mechanical Desktop
Wiki https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/PLY_(file_format) https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/STL_(file_format)
PLY to STL conversion quality rating:
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