Select your CAD program in the pulldown menu to view the recommended settings for exporting an STL file

Accepted file formats

Although we recommend and prefer the STL format, C.ideas can accept and convert the following 3D files:

Parasolid (.x_b, x_t), IGES (.iges, .igs), STEP (.step, .stp) and native Solidworks files, 1997 through 2012.

Most CAD applications can export or save designs as a STL (stereolithography file), which is the native format that our RP equipment utilizes.

Saving your .stl file in the Binary format, (an available option in most applications) rather than ASCII, is recommended and will dramatically lower the file size. Decrease the file size even further, compression software like WinZip works well, use these prior to emailing your request for a quote.

If there are any obvious anomalies, errors or faceting, we will notify you prior to building your order.


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