Written by Jose Coronado, Creo Product Manager
The 3D manufacturing format (3MF) is an industry-supported file format that design applications can use to send full-fidelity 3D CAD models to a mix of other applications, platforms, services, and printers.
With the 3MF specification, companies can focus on innovation rather than on basic interoperability issues. Best of all, it is engineered to avoid the problems often associated with other 3D file formats.
The 3MF Consortium is a non-profit organization that provides the corporate and legal infrastructure for 3MF, enabling groups to establish and operate standards and to collaborate on source code development.
The 3MF Consortium has been working on a set of specifications to create a file format that is complete, human readable, simple, extensible, unambiguous, and free.
The video above shows how you might prepare to print a part or assembly using the format in Creo.
For the additive manufacturing community, 3MF addresses several issues:
When using 3MF, you can take advantage of several features, including:
PTC is a member of the 3MF Consortium. Why should 3MF matter to Creo users?
To start, you can export 3MF files from Part or Assembly mode, or from the tray assembly. From there, you can directly send models to the 3D printing preparation software that came with your 3D printer. Or send models for visualization to a shop floor using standard Windows applications.
If you need to do nesting, printability checks, or create support structures, do it directly in the tray assembly. Also, because the tray assembly is a data-managed object in Windchill, you can vault the job preparation data in your PLM system to replicate the prints you created today at any point in the future.
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