Recommendations for 3D modelling code for 3D printing?

Arthur Chance freebsd at
Thu Mar 24 18:18:36 UTC 2011

On 03/24/11 17:58, Robert Huff wrote:
> Arthur Chance writes:
>>   I need to make some parts using 3D printing, and was wondering
>>   what software I should use to do the modelling. Does anyone have
>>   any experience and/or recommendations about this? If it matters,
>>   I'll probably be using to do the actual printing.
> 	I was under the impression the 3D printers used proprietary
> software/formats.
> 	Am I mistaken?

As far as I can tell, STL is accepted by most (if by printers you mean 
3D printing companies - if you mean printing machines, I have no idea 
but using a company to do the actual printing means it's not my problem).

Shapeways accepts STL, Collada, VRML and X3D files.

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