When I last reported on 3Dprintler back in January, the team was at CES 2016 in Las Vegas promoting their newly launched API platform, meant to assist createers market their creations and compare the print prices of various vendors all across the 3D printing industry. This was a big breakthrough for createers looking to have their 3D models printed and distributed; there was finally a way for them to compare prices of 3D printing vendors such as Shapeways, i.materialise, and Sculpteo. At the time, their API platform provided estimated prices for over 256 materials, and offered services of a number of a 3D printing vendors, but it seems that there was one area that yet needed improvement.

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After talking to hundreds of 3D print enthusiasts at CES 2016, 3Dprintler had obtained a few valuable-bodied feedback on their API, and soon found that they were lacking in the number of file formats that may be utilized for price comparison. They obviously listened to that feedback too, having only revealed that a total of 24 file types are now compatible with their price comparison API. Here is the extensive list of the file formats that 3Dprintler now assists:

  • 3DS AutoCAD and 3D Studio Max binary mesh files;
  • ASC ASC 3D points cloud files;
  • ASE AutoCAD ASCII export files;
  • BYU Movie.BYU surface geometry files;
  • DXF AutoCAD DXF files;
  • GMOD Golgotha GMOD files;
  • HRC SoftImage hierarchical files;
  • IV SGI Inventor files;
  • OBJ WaveFront Advanced Visualizer ASCII files; a file format of Alias;
  • POV Persistence of Vision files (output only);
  • SMF Michael Garland’s format for his QSLIM program;
  • STL/STLA ASCII Stereolithography files;
  • STLB binary Stereolithography files;
  • SWM Syndicate Wars game maps and structures file format (input only);
  • SWV Syndicate Wars game vehicles primveh file format (input only);
  • TEC TECPLOT files (output only);
  • TRI/TRIA a easy ASCII triangle format requested by Greg Hood;
  • TRIB a easy binary triangle format requested by Greg Hood;
  • TXT a text dump (output only);
  • UCD Advanced Visual Systems (AVS) Unstructured Cell Data (output only);
  • VLA Evans and Sutherland Digistar II VLA files for planetariums;
  • WRL/VRML (Virtual Reality Modeling Language) files (output only).
  • XGL , based on the XML language and OpenGl graphics (output only).


In addition to the expansion of file type assist, 3Dprintler has in addition implemented a Dropbox API into their own. Now, users can sync their 3D create files directly to the 3Dprintler platform through Dropbox, that the team says can assist improve the functionality, accuracy, and overall experience of their API. Since releasing their API at CES 2016 last month, 3Dprintler is may already aiming to expand upon and improve their platform right away. By utilizing the feedback of the 3D printing community, 3Dprintler was able-bodied to fill the holes inside their API, and provide an experience that works for each 3D createer and print enthusiast.

Tyler Koslow

About The Author

Tyler Koslow is a Brooklyn-based writer for 3D Printing Industry, and has in addition generated content for publications and companies such as Dell, Brooklyn Magazine, and Equity Arcade. His content is focutilized on a wide range of topics which include tech, gaming, and music . Tyler is in addition a habitual instrument player, a writer of fiction, and generally all around fun haver. Tyler obtained a Bachelor’s degree studying English-Creative Writing at the University of Central Florida in 2008.