We originally added AOP as an export format in 2011:
Export workflow & requirements
Generally, Artec Studio exports 3D meshes as polygonal STL/PLY files, so the conversion to AOP format is for third-party software. If you want to export AOP files directly from Artec Studio, however, keep in mind the following requirements:
1) Your 3D model must be correctly positioned on the XYZ axes before you export it to AOP format:
To correctly reposition your 3D model, use the Positioning Tool or Transformation tool in the Editor tab before exporting.
2) You must set slicing parameters correctly: a window containing these settings will appear after you choose *.aop from the export menu.
A free AOP viewer is available for Windows; it helps you to quickly check your exported AOP file. You can get the installer file by clicking this link or by downloading the attachment at the end of this article.
To see a sample AOP file, download the attachment below. Note that Artec Studio cannot import *.aop files—only export.
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