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I use Ubuntu 12.10. What software can I install that can open Physible .stl files? And what are the differences between these softwares?

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Meshlab reads all kind of 3D meshes, also STL

sudo apt-get install meshlab
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Just a warning: meshlab is terrible for doing any per vertex or per surface rendering. I.e. you can't easily select faces and move them around. – Catskul Jun 4 '14 at 22:51

Blender is the best, just import the file.

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You could try OpenSCAD. It is free and is available for Ubuntu.

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but it couldn't open the .stl file i had.. – AmirRazoR Jan 25 '13 at 12:32
That's strange. The site says it opens and create stl files. Are you sure you're file is not damaged in some way? – Rodrigo Guedes Jan 25 '13 at 12:36
yes i am absolutely sure my file is fine. – AmirRazoR Jan 25 '13 at 12:42
Very odd, my friend. I will make some research and return if I find a solution. – Rodrigo Guedes Jan 25 '13 at 12:47
It won't open .stl files indeed. – Dr_Bunsen May 10 '13 at 7:40

From OpenSCAD's online User Manual

STL Import -

import_stl("filename.stl", convexity = <val>)
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That doesn't seem to work very well. And technically, that doesn't let you edit the STL file. It just converts the STL file to OpenSCAD's internal format using raytracing, which takes forever. – Cerin Dec 25 '14 at 2:57

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