Jun 5, 2019

3MF to STL – How to Convert 3MF Files to STL

Even if 3MF is the more capable format, you'll need to convert to STL to interface with your existing 3D printing workflow. Make the conversion simply and easily with these convenient tools.

Converting 3MF to STL What Are 3MF and STL Files?

The 3MF file format has significant advantages over the STL file format. Source: 3dprinting.lighting

STL files, or “stereolithography” files, are the standard 3D file type used for 3D printing. They describe objects using tessellations, or triangular surfaces, that fit together to create a single 3D object.

3MF files, or “3D manufacturing format” files, also describe 3D objects. However, unlike STLs, they contain information on colors, materials, and other information, which isn’t included in the geometry of an STL file.

Despite the popularity of the STL format, 3MF is slowly gaining ground. Industrial players like Microsoft, Netfabb, Autodesk, and others are moving away from the use of STL to a format that is more easily edited. 3MF is better to define more complex information that can be included with each 3D model.

Given the recent abundance of 3MF files, you might find yourself wanting to turn one into an STL for easy 3D printing. Let’s take a look at some ways to do that!

Converting 3MF to STL Solution #1: MakePrintable

MakePrintable's conversion tools. Source: makeprintable.com

To convert 3MF files to STL using MakePrintable, first you need to have an account. Even for a free month of service, account setup requires you to provide credit card details. After that, from the dashboard, follow these steps:

  1. Press “Upload Files” and choose your 3MF file.
  2. Select “Quick Repair”. This may take several minutes.
  3. Click on “Save/Export”.
  4. Choose “3D model” and then STL.
  5. Press “Download”, and your file should start downloading to your computer.

It should be noted that MakePrintable has a variety of tools and advanced settings. These customizable workflows can help to convert files that do not convert well using a simplified quick repair.

Converting 3MF to STL Solution #2: SwiftConverter

SwiftConverter awaits your command... Source: swiftconverter.com

Another way to convert from a 3MF file to an STL file is to use SwiftConverter. This platform allows you to convert from 3MF files to STL with three simple steps:

  1. Upload your file.
  2. Select STL as the format you wish to convert to.
  3. Press “Convert File”.
  4. Press “Download converted file”.
  5. Your file should start downloading.

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