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What type of 3D printing file format do you use when you export your 3D model from the CAD software you work in? There is a multitude of file formats that 3D printing supports. However, the most popular are .STL and .OBJ files. These file formats are supported by most printing software and 3D printers.
In a previous blog post I talked about Autodesk’s great 3D modeling app, 123D Creature. Not being content just leaving it there, I set out on a little project to design and actually print a creature. Since 123D Creature is linked to Sculpteo (a 3D printing service provider) I wanted to see how seamless the design and manufacturing process are integrated and how the 3D print would turn out. Read on to see how I designed Speedy the Snail and to find out what he looks like.
When you buy a new 3D printer you may be very eager to start making a few demonstrator prints as soon as possible. Now you could fire up your favourite 3D modelling software and start crafting a new design. But this takes time while you are eager to see your printer get to work on your first 3D printed model. There is no need to despair though, thanks to 3D model repositories.
Today, we will take a look at Autodesk’s new 3D modelling software, 123D Creature, which was just released as an iPad application. Autodesk is well-known for producing 3D CAD software for professionals in the architecture and game development industries. With 123D Creature however, Autodesk has produced a software aimed at beginners with little or no background in 3D modelling.