3D printing file format
This May, 3MF Union was founded by 7 leading companies in the global 3D printing area. It was devoted to develop and promote a new type 3D printing file format which was completely fidelity. Now, another famous 3D printing company – Ultimaker which is in the leading position in desktop level 3D printing area-joined into the 3MF Union,and was to be the founder of 3MF Union togehter with the leaders in 3D system,Microsoft,Stratasys, Autodesk and other industries. According to China 3D Printing network, the next version of Cura 3D printing software of Ultimaker will support 3MF format.
3MF (3D Manufacturing Format) is seemed to solve some problems with the current outmoded 3D printer file format, eg.spanning different platforms,service and interoperability and founctional problems of 3D printer.The most common 3D printing file format-STL-has visible boundedness,including not support multicolour and multi-material, and not good in expandability.
But through 3MF,an open source file format, designing application software can send completely fidelity 3D model seamlessly to other application,platform,service and 3D printer, andfile format is free without pay extra cost.3MF Union said, their aim is making company concentrating on innovation,not the basic interoperability problem.
The head office of Ultimaker, which was joined into this union as a founder, was founded in Holland, and the Ulimaker series desktop type 3D printer produced by them had a very high popularity in the market. ”Ultimaker is devoted to develop 3D printing to be a high efficiency,high flexibility,and convenient manufacturing technique.”The founder and CTO of Ultimaker, Siert Wijnia,said,”In order to make industry which is growing rapidly industry to develop more healthy,we need a free format with more modern,more facing future and application easily ”
Currently, there are two different member qualifications in the 3MF Union: Founding member and Associate member. Ultimaker is a Founding member, and currently other Founding members of 3MF Union includes 3D Systems、,Autodesk, Dassault Systems, FIT AG、Shapeways、Siemens, PLM Software、SLM Solutions Group、Stratasys、HP, Materialise and Microsoft which are leading companies in the 3D printing industry. Actually,the 3MF Union was sponsored to found by Microsoft, and 3MF file was developped by Microsoft initially too.
Earlier in this May, this Union issued the first version about the 3MF standard(click here for download free: http://www.3mf.io/what-is-3mf/3mf-specification. As mentioned above,the open source 3D printing software Cura of Ultimaker will support 3MF format soon. But it may still take a long time to make 3MF to be a mainstream file format, and currently still many users chose the formats,such as .stls、.vrmls or.objs,which they had got used to using and would not like to change.