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Saving your STL file and preparation for 3D printing

Now that we covered the basics of OpenSCAD we can move on to saving your STL file for 3D printing! When you finish modeling you 3D parts and you’re satisfied with the effects you can easily export your 3D model as an STL file.



  • 1.1. Introduction to OpenSCAD’s interface
  • 1.2. Text Editor
  • 1.3. Viewing Area
  • 1.4. The Console
  • 2.1. Introduction to OpenSCAD’s language
  • 2.2. Basic code commands: Actions
  • 2.3. Basic code commands: Operators
  • 2.4. Basic code commands: Variables, Comments
  • 2.5. All commands- cheat sheet
  • 2.6. Creating shapes: cube
  • 2.7. Creating shapes: sphere
  • 2.8. Creating shapes: Cylinder and Cone
  • 2.9. Moving the objects
  • 2.10. Modifying the Objects with Operators
  • 2.11. Operators: Union
  • 2.12. Operators: Difference
  • 2.13. Operators: Intersection
  • 3.1. Rendering
  • 3.2. Exporting an STL file
  • 3.3. 3D printing

Before you save your 3D model as an STL file, you need to render it. You can find two icons on the User Interface or press F6. Technical information will appear in the Console when the render is ready.

The last step is to click on the ‘’Save as STL’’ icon, a dialog window will then appear for you to choose the correct folder. An STL file is the most commonly used file type used for 3D printing. It’s a format that every 3D printer will understand and it’s the best choice to avoid any issues while 3D printing.  

Now that you model was exported as an STL file we can move on to the last step. Upload your STL file to our 3D printing service and get it 3D printed! If you run into any troubles, don’t hesitate to contact our customer support.