3D printers are available in a range of form-factors, from cost-effective desktop 3D printers ideal for entry-level professionals all the way to industrial-scale multi-material machines for front-line designers and top manufacturers.
- High-resolution 3D Printers provide smooth surfaces and fine details, with a wide range of 3D printing solutions: multiple systems with various tray sizes and speeds
- Ideal for multiple applications: materials versatility based on wide range of FullCure materials
- Suitable for any office environment
With SOLIDWORKS you can print directly to 3D printers, similar to how you would print a document to your office printer. Although SOLIDWORKS can also output .STL, a widely accepted format for 3D printing, the 3MF and AMF formats provide more information about the model being printed and, therefore, requires no post-processing to define data such as the position of your model relative to the selected 3D printer, orientation, color, materials, etc.
If you have Microsoft Windows 8.1, you can print directly using the 3MF format included. Simply set the print options in the 3D Print PropertyManager and print to the 3D printer. A preview of the print bed and the model’s location within the print bed lets you modify settings before committing to a 3D print job.
To access the 3D print dialog box and specify print options, click File > 3DPrint. The print dialog box that is available depends on your installed 3D print driver.
You can also export part and assembly files using the Additive Manufacturing File Format (AMF), an XML-based format designed to support additive manufacturing processes like 3D printing. In addition to the model geometry, an AMF file can contain information about the color and materials of objects for 3D printing.