How Do You Print From Inventor To MakerBot?

Question:

I want to make something on my MakerBot that I have modeled in Inventor, but it always comes out too small. I hate doing math; is there an easy way to scale it?

Answer:

Sure is!  Best way I have found is to scale it in Inventor when exporting the STL file. Here’s the process for bringing a solid model out of Inventor and into Makerbot Desktop and making it the right size:
  1. Make the part in Inventor and save (.ipt file)
  2.  Save Copy As in inventor & choose STL (.stl file)
  3. Change the scale to millimeters
  4. Import into makerbot Desktop. It’s that easy!
Use the diagrams below to help you!

To do a Save Copy As:

inventorSaveCopyAs                                          

To Change it to millimeters:

InventorMM  

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