How to export and upload a CAD file

In 3D printing, it all starts with a digital model of a product or a part. These models are created with ‘Computer Aided Design’, commonly referred to as CAD. Sometimes it is also called ‘3D drawing’, which is more or less what it does.

There’s plenty of software out there, even for free. The most common ones include:

  • Solidworks
  • Solid Edge
  • Rhino
  • AutoDesk Inventor
  • Catia
  • ProEngineer
  • UGS NX.

If you’re using any of these, it’s safe to say you’ll be able to export a printable file within a few seconds. We prefer receiving a STEP (.stp) or STL (.stl) file. You don’t need any plugins or extensions, but for your STL files we’d like to recommend the following export settings:

  • Deviation: 0,1 mm;
  • Angle: 5 degrees.

Depending on the complexity and size of your model, you’re more than welcome to tweak these values a bit to end up with a good quality file. For 99% of the parts you will be able to export an STL file that’s smaller than 25MB.

You can upload this file to our online quotation tool to get our price for your parts. And even place the order online in one go - if you should choose to. If you need help deciding what the best option is: Give us a call on +31 85 4444 200 and we’ll help you out!

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Als drijvende kracht achter Parts On Demand heeft Neil een passie voor het ontwikkelen, produceren en testen van ideeën die aan het voorfront van technologische ontwikkeling staan.

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