[Chimera-users] STL/OBJ 3D models exported by Chimera cannot be read in Office 2019

Greg Couch gregc at cgl.ucsf.edu
Wed Feb 20 15:25:00 PST 2019

Sorry, don't have Office 2019, but your STL file looked good in 
MeshLab.  Look at the "3-D Models make with Chimera" web page, 
https://www.rbvi.ucsf.edu/Outreach/technotes/ModelGallery/index.html for 
more STL related information.  In particular, it links to Eduardo's 
Guide for 3D Printing, http://www.munfred.com/proteins.html.  And that 
page has a section on using Netfabb to fix the STL models.  Microsoft 
also provides a free service to repair STL files, 
https://modelrepair.azurewebsites.net/.  Perhaps if Microsoft repaired 
the STL file, Office would be able to display it.

     Best wishes,


On 2/18/19 4:13 AM, Jaime Rodríguez-Guerra Pedregal wrote:
> Oops, sorry, I just realized that it might be a problem with the 
> Windows VM and the 3D drivers, because even the sample models provided 
> by Microsoft cannot be displayed. Still, if somebody has access to a 
> properly configured Office 2019 (or latest 365) installation, can you 
> test the files I provided? Thanks again!
> El lun., 18 feb. 2019 a las 13:08, Jaime Rodríguez-Guerra 
> (<jaime.rodriguezguerra at uab.cat 
> <mailto:jaime.rodriguezguerra at uab.cat>>) escribió:
>     Hi, Chimera team!
>     I have recently discovered that Office 2019 has support for 3D
>     objects that can be rotated, animated, zoomed... So I was curious
>     about the possibilities for our molecular presentations. I knew
>     Chimera allows to export molecules to several 3D formats and
>     crossed my fingers so there was at least one format supported by
>     Office.
>     - Good news: there are two! STL and OBJ are both exported by
>     Chimera and supported by Office.
>     - Bad news: while the files can be correctly "loaded" in Office,
>     they are not displayed at all! "Image could not be shown".
>     Is this something that must be addressed in Chimera or is
>     Microsoft's fault? The error message is very succinct and does not
>     provide more details. I have attached the files I created with
>     Chimera just in case.
>     Thank you very much!
>     Jaime.
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