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  1. Simple viewer for STEP files on UNIX

    The STEP format is probably the most used accurate 3D geometry exchange format. (It can contain a lot more than just geometry!)

    STL files (most often used in 3D printers) are based on triangles, which are basically only an approximation of the real geometry.

    A lot of available STEP-file viewer are windows-only. I’ve been looking for a simple STEP-file viewer for UNIX-like operating systems, so that I can see the parts that I’m making using cadquery (see also: cadquery documentation).

    I’m not a fan of IDE’s like cq-editor or IDE’s in general. In particular, cq-editor pulls in the whole of spyder (a Python IDE) just to get syntax highlighting in its built-in editor.

    date: 2021-11-04
    reading time: 2 min.
    category: howto
    tags: STEP

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