STL (STereoLithography) is a file format native to the stereolithography CAD software. This file format is supported by many other software packages; it is widely used for rapid prototyping, 3D printing and computer-aided manufacturing. STL files describe only the surface geometry of a three-dimensional object without any representation of color, texture or other common CAD model attributes. The STL format specifies both ASCII and binary representations. Binary files are more common, since they are more compact.
ASM (Solid Edge Assembly) is one of the data file types used by Solid Edge CAD software. The files with .asm extension contain 3D parts (.prt) which consist of assemblies. ASM by itself, does not contain geometric information – it stores only the rules for connecting parts.
ASM (Solid Edge Assembly) also has no connection with assembly language, though this also uses an .asm extension.
Among CAD applications that support ASM extension are PTC Creo and Autodesk Fusion 360.
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