The Stratasys J55 and J-Series full-colour, multi-material 3D printers are now supported by Luxion KeyShot software which incorporates 3D Manufacturing Format (3MF). 3MF is an XML-based data format designed specifically for additive manufacturing and includes information about materials, colours, and other details that cannot be represented in an STL format.
Offering 3D rendering in real-time, 3MF is an open source 3D printing format standard that enables design applications to send full-fidelity 3D models to a mix of other applications, platforms, services and printers.
With GrabCAD print, it’s simple to import from industry standard CAD tools like KeyShot and SOLIDWORKS into the 3MF file format. This creates a compact file containing all the model information and can be print-ready in just a few clicks. 3MF File Formats offer a powerful, more efficient alternative to STL files, letting you go to print directly from your most used design tools, including KeyShot and SOLIDWORKS.
3MF via KeyShot can reduce 3D print modeling time of CMF models to a single day vs. traditional modeling for final iterations taking one to three weeks. The new workflow enables the CMF design phase to start earlier in the design process, thereby bringing new products to market faster, and keeping model-confidentiality secure.