3MF Consortium

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The 3MF Consortium, an industry association recently launched to develop and promote a new full-fidelity file format for 3D printing, announced four new members:

  • 3D Systems – a provider of 3D digital design and fabrication solutions, including 3D printers, software, print materials and cloud-sourced custom parts
  • Materialise – a provider of 3D printing software and services in a variety of sectors, such as healthcare, automotive and consumer products
  • Siemens PLM Software – a provider of product lifecycle management (PLM) and manufacturing operations management (MOM) software, systems and services
  • Stratasys – a provider of 3D printing and additive manufacturing solutions used for product design, prototyping, and the creation of production parts


"The addition of 3D Systems, Materialise, Siemens PLM Software and Stratasys to our membership ranks further demonstrates the significant industry momentum behind the adoption of 3MF," said Adrian Lannin, 3MF Consortium executive director. "By participating in the 3MF Consortium, our new members will ensure that their customers get all the advanced capabilities and productivity benefits of the 3MF specification. We welcome them and look forward to their contributions."

The 3MF Consortium was formed to close the gap between the capabilities of modern 3D printers and outdated file formats. The 3MF specification eliminates the problems associated with currently available file formats, resolving interoperability and functionality issues, enabling companies to focus more on innovation. The first version of the 3MF specification is available now for download at no charge.

Launched in 2015, the 3MF Consortium is a Joint Development Foundation project with the goal to define a 3D printing format that will allow design applications to send full-fidelity 3D models to a mix of other applications, platforms, services and printers. The 3MF (for 3D Manufacturing Format) specification eliminates the widespread issues with currently available file formats.

Members of the 3MF Consortium are:

  • 3D Systems
  • Autodesk, Inc
  • Dassault Systèmes, SA
  • FIT AG/netfabb GmbH
  • HP
  • Materialise
  • Microsoft Corporation
  • Shapeways, Inc
  • Siemens PLM Software
  • SLM Solutions Group AG
  • Stratasys


The starting point for the Consortium's development of the 3MF specification was Microsoft's donation of its 3D file format work-in-progress.

For more information, visit: www.3mf.io

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