Free Online STL to XYZ Converter

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Please note: Your STL file, once uploaded to our server will be deleted 15 minutes after upload so please download your converted STL file before this time.

How to Convert your STL to XYZ Online?

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

Upload your STL file

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

Download your XYZ

Click the download link to receive your XYZ file.

File format information for STL and XYZ

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

The STL, or Standard Triangle Language, file format has been around since the '80s and is supported by most modern 3D modelling applications. In particular, the STL format has become something of a standard format within the area of 3D printing, despite the rise of more modern formats such as 3MF.

STL files come in two flavours: binary or text format. The text format is human-readable, making it easy to perform manual edits, but can lead to very large file sizes. As you can imagine, the binary format is much more compact and represents the majority of the STL files you are likely to encounter.

The format itself is very simple; the 3D model is represented by a sequential list of triangles, with each triangle defined with 3 points consisting of their X, Y, and Z positions, along with an additional vector that contains the face normal (the direction the face is pointing). There is an additional attribute block for each triangle; however, this is largely unused and thus unsupported.

STL Converter Capabilities

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

ExtensionXYZ
Full NamePoint Cloud
Type3D Model/Point Cloud
Mime Typetext/plain
FormatText
Opens WithMeshLab

An XYZ file is a simple and widely-used plain text file format for representing three-dimensional molecular structures. It typically contains atomic coordinates of individual atoms in space, specifying their positions in the X, Y, and Z Cartesian coordinates. Each line in the XYZ file represents an atom and contains its atomic symbol, followed by its X, Y, and Z coordinates, separated by spaces or tabs. This format is particularly popular in chemistry and materials science as it allows for easy exchange of molecular data between different software tools and platforms.

The XYZ file format is straightforward, making it easy to read and write by both humans and computers. Since it doesn't require complex formatting or proprietary specifications, it has become a standard representation for molecular structures in various computational chemistry programs and visualization tools. Additionally, XYZ files can store additional information, such as atomic charges or connectivity, in optional comment lines. These comment lines, denoted by a leading hash (#), provide flexibility in including extra details about the molecular system being represented.

With its simplicity and versatility, the XYZ file format is an essential resource in various fields, including molecular modeling, drug discovery, and materials research. Researchers can utilize it to describe and exchange structural data, simulate molecular behavior, and visualize complex systems. Due to its wide adoption and compatibility, the XYZ file format continues to be a fundamental tool in the analysis and communication of three-dimensional molecular structures.

XYZ Converter Capabilities

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

Information for converting from STL to XYZ

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

Frequently Asked Questions

How can I convert my STL file to XYZ?

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

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

We aim to process all STL to XYZ 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 to the XYZ 3D Point Cloud format?

Our STL conversion tool will extract only the vertex data from your STL file. This will then be used to create the final XYZ file.