3D Manufacturing Format

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3D Manufacturing Format
Filename extension.3mf
Developed by3MF Consortium
Initial release29 April 2015; 3 years ago (2015-04-29)
Latest release
(1 March 2018; 13 months ago (2018-03-01))
Container for3D printing data
Contained byOpen Packaging Conventions
Extended fromZIP, XML, STL
Open format?Yes
Website3MF Specification

3D Manufacturing Format or 3MF is a file format standard developed and published by the 3MF Consortium.[1][2]

3MF is an XML-based data format designed for using additive manufacturing, including information about materials, colors, and other information that cannot be represented in the STL format.[3][4]

As of today, CAD software related companies such as Autodesk, Dassault Systèmes and Netfabb are part of the 3MF Consortium. Other firms in the 3MF Consortium are Microsoft (for Operating system support), SLM and HP, whilst Shapeways are also included to give insight from a 3D Printing background.[5] Other key players in the 3D printing and additive manufacturing business, such as Materialise, 3D Systems, Siemens PLM Software and Stratasys have recently joined the consortium.[6] To facilitate the adoption, 3MF Consortium has also published a C++ implementation of the 3MF file format.[7]

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  1. ^ "3MF Website". 3MF. Retrieved 1 May 2015.
  2. ^ https://www.3printr.com/3mf-consortium-releases-new-3d-printing-file-format-5228822/
  3. ^ "What is 3MF?"
  4. ^ https://www.forbes.com/sites/tjmccue/2015/05/28/microsoft-spearheads-3d-printing-file-format-introducing-the-3mf/#3a4815e8493b
  5. ^ "3MF Consortium Launches to Advance 3D Printing Technology". Business Wire. Retrieved 1 May 2015.
  6. ^ "3MF Consortium Signs New Members 3D Systems, Materialise, Siemens PLM Software and Stratasys"
  7. ^ https://github.com/3MFConsortium/lib3mf