3D Files for 3D Printing

A 3D file is an electronic file representing a three-dimensional object.

It is designed by 3D modelling so the desired object can be printed with a 3D printer . The creation of the 3D file is done by Computer Aided Design ( CAD ).

Example of Sculpteo Robot 3D File opened in MeshMixer
Example of Sculpteo Robot 3D File opened in MeshMixer

3D file properties

There are many 3D file formats. Here is an exhaustive list of 3D file types. At Scultpeo, we accept most 3D file formats for 3D printing .

How do you get your 3D file?

To get your 3D file, you can model it using CAD (computer-aided design), download one from a dedicated marketplace , personalise one on ourWorkshops page, or 3D scan an object of your choice.

  • CAD includes all the software that enables computer modelling. 3DModelling is a computer graphics technique to create an object as a 3D image in order to create a printable 3D file. These software are those of Autodesk, for example, worldwide leader in 3D file design software,such as Meshmixer Inventor or Catia.
  • If you are unfamiliar with these software, you can consult our page oftutorials dedicated to creating files for 3D printing and our eBook ” Design Guidelines for 3D printing” that explains how to properly design your 3D file. If you are a beginning modeller these tools will be helpful to understand the basics of 3D modelling with the principles of closed geometry and triangulation, which is the process of determining a 3D point in space. 
  • The Marketplaces are downloading sites that share 3D files for printing. 
  • Our workshops involve personalising already-modelled 3D files. All you have to do is choose your model and change it as you like!