Trimble and Materialise announced that they have added support for the STL file format through a new Printables feature on Trimble’s 3D Warehouse, the world’s largest repository of free, high-quality, 3D content. The new feature is the result of the companies’ collaboration to streamline 3D printing workflows, … making it easier for “makers” and millions of other users of Trimble’s SketchUp 3D modeling software to create and share Printable models in 3D Warehouse.
The announcement was made prior to Maker Faire Bay Area 2015, the maker movement’s signature event, attended by over 100,000 crafters, educators, hobbyists, engineers, science clubs, artists, students, commercial exhibitors and many others.
The collaboration alleviates pitfalls commonly associated with 3D printing workflows by providing the SketchUp community with direct access to powerful technology that facilitates the process of turning their 3D models into physical objects. The companies have developed an integration between 3D Warehouse and Materialise’s Cloud Services, which are capable of analyzing and fixing models to ensure printability. The integration gives 3D Warehouse users the ability to flag uploaded SketchUp models as Printable. These files are then processed by Materialise’s Cloud Services to generate high-quality, printable STL files, that are then available to be downloaded from 3D Warehouse. … (read more)