Before sending off a file to be 3D printed, it’s always a smart idea to check the wall thickness and other aspects of your model. Once you’ve done that, it’s a simple series of steps to export your model for 3D printing.

The steps below were aggregated from the website and/or user forums of each CAD software company.

Select your software:

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Solidworks

  1. File > Save As
  2. Set Save As Type to STL
  3. Options > Resolution > Fine > OK
  4. Save

 

ProE

  1. File > Export > Model (or File > Save a Copy)
  2. Set type to STL
  3. Set chord height to 0. The field will be replaced by minimum acceptable value. 4. Set Angle Control to 1
  4. Choose File Name
  5. OK

Inventor

  1. Save Copy As
  2. Select STL
  3. Choose Options > Set to High
  4. Enter Filename
  5. Save

Unigraphics

  1. File>Export>Rapid Prototyping
  2. Set output type to binary
  3. Set triangle tolerance to 0.0025
  4. Set adjacency tolerance to 0.12
  5. Set auto normal gen to on
  6. Set normal display to off
  7. Set triangle display to on

Rhino

  1. Open the model design in Rhino.
  2. From the File menu, select Save As. The Save dialog box opens.
  3. In the File name box, enter a name for the new STL file.
  4. In the Save as type box, select Stereolithography [*.stl].
  5. Click Save.

 

Hope this helps get your designs ready to go! As always, our 3D printing specialists are always available to answer any questions you might have. When you’re ready, submit an RFQ and get your project rolling.

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