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[ADDED] Request for .3MF Support

Tue Jul 12, 2016 9:21 pm

Hope Simplify3D will support .3mf files because I usually use NetFabb online fixing tool (hosted by Microsoft) to fix the files but recently they started to export the fixed file only in .3mf format. The 3D Builder Tool in Windows 10 always failed to convert the .3mf file to .stl file (I don't know why) so I'm hoping bad that I can open .3mf files in Simplify3D directly.


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Re: Request for .3MF Support

Thu Jul 21, 2016 7:31 pm

I'm adding my voice to this request. Since Simplify can indicate repairs are needed, but is unable to repair what it finds in almost all cases (in my experience), I too find that the Microsoft hosted Netfabb cloud repair service is often necessary. I was very disappointed to find just now that they are only returning files in this new format. In the long run, I hope this new format gives the improvements they have said it will, but for now, it is an impediment. It would be great to see Simplify get on board early with this new format.

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Re: Request for .3MF Support

Fri Jul 22, 2016 5:36 am

.......I usually use NetFabb online fixing tool (hosted by Microsoft) to fix the files but recently they started to export the fixed file only in .3mf format.......
I have just submitted a test file in .stl format to the cloud service.......and the returned repaired file was also in .stl format.
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Re: Request for .3MF Support

Sat Jul 30, 2016 6:44 am

I did see a Youtube video on this issue. There are now 2 netfabb cloud sites you can go to. One where you get the new format, and another where you can still get .STL format.

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Re: Request for .3MF Support

Wed Sep 28, 2016 5:43 pm

simplify3d simply MUST add support for this file format. the old netfabb.azurewebsites now produces 3mf files, with no option to use stl. no @dkightley, there's no other one which produces stl's. if there is, please submit a link as proof.

since my objects are the result of numerical calculations, and often lack interiors, i rely on things like the blender solidify modifier, which produces intersecting faces for all but the nicest objects. so, i was using the netfabb online fixer for this.

this workflow was great for 2 years. however, i'm now screwed, because the online fixer produces 3mf, and there is 0 support for non-windows operating systems for this new format. even with windows, so far there's only some super-janky converter out there for producing stl, and it's so janky they don't even provide a makefile, or a README. and, it's windows only, apparently. so, either i have to use windows for the one or two program which can convert, and want to cut myself every time i 3d print, or.... or i'm screwed.

dear simplify3d, please please **please** add 3mf support immediately so i can continue to use your product. i simply have to have this file format to continue my established workflow.

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Re: Request for .3MF Support

Thu Sep 29, 2016 12:23 pm gave me an STL file while gave me a 3mf
In any case, it seems like the industry is heading toward 3MF and it would be great if S3D could support it.

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Re: Request for .3MF Support

Thu Sep 29, 2016 3:49 pm seems to generate stl files, and seems to generate 3mf files. YMMV.

But I would like to add my voice to the request for 3mf support anyway.

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Re: Request for .3MF Support

Fri Sep 30, 2016 5:09 am

... it's been a long time waiting now, time to look for another software solution ..
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Re: Request for .3MF Support

Fri Sep 30, 2016 9:32 am

jrpmedia wrote:... it's been a long time waiting now, time to look for another software solution ..
It's a file format that's maybe a year old and has no real industry adoption other than Microsoft pushing it on their free netfabb cloud. I wouldn't exactly say they're waiting too long to put in a bunch of effort on some new filetype that no one actually uses unless its forced.

You can still repair to STL in certain versions of netfabb cloud, and definitely in the netfabb desktop application. Also, there are a number of other websites like that aren't trying to force the issue...

I'd much rather see them get support for real filetypes that contain all sorts of manufacturing and CAD details like STEP, rather than just a minor update of a 30 year old format that still tries to store data about real parts in a computer graphics format.

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Re: Request for .3MF Support

Sat Oct 01, 2016 5:48 pm

i wanted to follow up with what i've found over the last few days.

i did find a solution to convert 3mf to stl. it involved building the software myself, from source. lib3mf and its examples are on github:
however, there are no build instructions, so i imagine that for anyone without significant experience building c/c++ applications, this is a genuine challenge. for me, their build setup seemed really janky. soo.... ymmv

i did find another 3mf-->stl solution in some forum somewhere, but since the source was in a mystery .zip, i did not try it.

that site works ok, but not great. as a mathematician, i tend to push the boundaries a little. my models are generated from numerical data, and have to be post-processed significantly to be printable. makeprintable currently (as of 20161001) has two problems for me. 1. increases the filesize dramatically (like 250k to 10mb), and 2. in one of the two tests i've done, screwed up the geometry. so, i consider them a non-solution so far. other people may have better experiences than me, and i have left feedback with them to help identify where their software is making mistakes.

native 3mf support still seems like a reasonable thing to integrate into Simplify3d, especially since lib3mf is open source with a commercial-friendly license, and there's an example of converting to stl on the web provided by them. should be a one-day fix for them...

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