Check your file with Sculpteo 3D

Before you add your item to your shopping basket, it is recommended to check the various 3D printing settings. This step aims to ensure your satisfaction when you receive your 3D prints, but also to avoid finalizing an order that can not be printed. We have made available several visual tools to minimize the risk of error or non-printability.

We offer three tools particularly useful to check the strength of an object for a given size and material, thicken your model if it has weaknesses and finally to observe the inside of an object through the cut-away view. Just before you confirm your order, we also display a summary of all selected options.

Solidity Check

To check the solidity of your model, select "Solidity Check" instead of "Default view" in the lower right corner of the viewer 3D. This functionality is made simple to use thanks to a visual code from green to red illustrating the strength of the 3D object.

The automatic tool Sculpteo strength verification allows you to observe and verify the risk areas before printing. If it's green, you can print without risk, otherwise, you should try to print in another size or a different material. This tool is dynamic: if you change the material or the size of the 3D printing, the strength test will change accordingly. This allows you to adjust the ratio of your size-strength-material.


When the material and the selected size does not allow the 3D printing to have sufficient strength, the 'thickening' functionality is proposed in order to thicken the parts that may break and print your file without an intervention. To enable this feature, simply click on "Thickening", on the left side of the viewer 3D, and then click on "Apply". Our algorithms will then create a wrap around the thin areas to make them thicker. The changes should create minimal deformation and fit harmoniously on the original model. In case you feel that your 3D model has undergone too many changes, you can always click on "Reset". By changing the size or printing material, your issue will perhaps be solved.

The 'thickened' files with this feature can be saved to your objects by adding them to your shopping basket even if the order is not finalized. Once the objects are in your shopping basket, the thickened version file is added as a derivative of the original file, this way you keep the file systematically initially charged.

Cutaway view

The feature “Cutaway view” 'is used to view the inside of the 3D model. This offers the possibility to control two things:

  • Ensure that a 3D model is correctly hollowed and that the position of the holes is effective to allow the removal of the excess powder.
  • Check that there is indeed a gap between different volumes that make up a moving object

To use the section view, simply enable this feature by selecting the "Cutaway" option instead of "Default view" in the lower right corner of the viewer 3D.