Free Online PLY to STL Converter

Please note: Your PLY file, once uploaded to our server will be deleted 1 hour after upload so please download your converted PLY file before this time.

How to Convert your PLY to STL Online?

Here are 2 simple steps to convert your PLY to STL using our fast and free PLY converter tool.

Upload your PLY file

Upload your PLY file

Click the "Upload a PLY File" button, then select a PLY to upload. The maximum file size is 100MB.

Download your STL

Download your STL

Click the download link to receive your STL file.

File format information for PLY and STL

ExtensionPLY
Full NameStanford Triangle Format
Type3D Model/Point Cloud
Mime Typeapplication/octet-stream
FormatText
Opens WithBlender, MeshLab

The PLY format is a 3D model format originally developed and released in 1994 with its primary use being to store three-dimensional data from 3D digital scanners. The format known as the Polygon File Format and also the Stanford Triangle Format can be either a binary or text based format.

The file format stores 3D geometric information such as vertices, faces, vertex normals, color and other custom data. The format is still in use with many PLY models available to download and PLY files can be loaded into most popular 3D applications such as Blender.

PLY Converter Capabilities

When converting 3D Model/Mesh files using our [ey] converter we will attempt to convert color materials into a suitable format for use in the converted file.

ExtensionSTL
Full NameStandard Triangle Language
Type3D Model
Mime Typeapplication/vnd.ms-pki.stl
FormatText
Opens WithBlender, MeshLab, CAD Assistant, DAZ Studio

The STL file format has its roots in the 1980's and is the native file format for 3D Systems stereolithography CAD software. The format defines a triangulated mesh with vertices and faces and is a popular format for sharing 3D printable model files.

There were several formats that attempted to extend the STL format namely SolidView and VisCAM whose formats included limited 15-bit color information for each mesh face which is often ignored by most modern 3D software. The STL format can be either Text or Binary, our tools will support both formats.

STL Converter Capabilities

When converting your PLY to STL our tool will attempt to accurately convert any color/material information.

Information for converting from PLY to STL

Your PLY file will be converted to a STL file using our unified 3D model and mesh conversion tool. Our PLY 3D tool performs accurate conversions of 3D elements such as vertices, faces, normals and relevant material information. As both PLY and STL support color material information our tool will also attempt to convert the color information too.

Frequently Asked Questions

How can I convert my PLY file to STL?

First click the "Upload..." button, select your PLY file to upload. Your PLY file will be uploaded to our servers. When the PLY to STL conversion has completed, you can download your STL file straight away.

How long does it take to convert my PLY to STL?

We aim to process all PLY to STL conversions as quickly as possible, this usually takes around 5 seconds however this can be longer for certain files, so please be patient.

How accurate is the conversion from the [x] 3D Point Cloud format?

Our PLY tool will read all the vertex information from your STL file and use only this information when creating the final STL file.