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Re: mml files

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  • Subject: [mg57636] Re: [mg57590] mml files
  • From: "David Annetts" <davidannetts at>
  • Date: Thu, 2 Jun 2005 05:17:56 -0400 (EDT)
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Hi Alan,

> I am using Mathematica to create 3D files that I now want to 
> send to be machined. I thought that .dxf or stl files would 
> be good enough but they are asking me for an IGES file. 
> Apparantly when Mathematica exports a DXF it breaks it up 
> into triangles which are then read as separate surfaces 
> making the generation of a program for a CNC machine 
> impossible as there are millions of triangles in the curved 
> surfaces I need to machine. Mathematica can export as .mml 
> (MathML). Is this helpful? What would you suggest?

I would suggest reading the IGES spec, then writing a Mathematica routine to
output your model in this format.  Failing that, there are a number of
commerical vendors that offer translation to & from IGES.



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