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Ann R. Thryft

August 8, 2016

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New Free 3D Printing File Extensions From 3MF Consortium

The 3MF Consortium, which released its free initial core specification last year for a new 3D printing file format, has added two free extensions based on best practices. One makes it easier for engineers to better manage print operations, and the other increases efficiency by providing a single slice methodology. Both are aimed at high-volume additive manufacturing (AM) operations run by either service bureaus or large OEMs.

Both extensions will help move industry toward a more integrated approach to volume end-production manufacturing using 3D printing, the consortium's executive director, Adrian Lannin, told Design News. "When companies want to get started using 3D printing for manufacturing, there are so many roadblocks and hurdles and barriers to efficiency along the way," he said. "Our mission is to remove those roadblocks, make it easier to set up AM in an organization, and make people more efficient and productive when using it."


About the Author(s)

Ann R. Thryft

Ann R. Thryft has written about manufacturing- and electronics-related technologies for Design News, EE Times, Test & Measurement World, EDN, RTC Magazine, COTS Journal, Nikkei Electronics Asia, Computer Design, and Electronic Buyers' News (EBN). She's introduced readers to several emerging trends: industrial cybersecurity for operational technology, industrial-strength metals 3D printing, RFID, software-defined radio, early mobile phone architectures, open network server and switch/router architectures, and set-top box system design. At EBN Ann won two independently judged Editorial Excellence awards for Best Technology Feature. She holds a BA in Cultural Anthropology from Stanford University and a Certified Business Communicator certificate from the Business Marketing Association (formerly B/PAA).

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