Reproducing an object can be time-consuming, tedious, and error-prone. The SOL 3D scanner and software allows you to create a replica of objects easily. Using your preferred printing software, easily scale your scans up or down to meet your needs.
Simple Steps Using SOL
- Scan the object using the SOL 3D scanner with the included software.
- Review your scan in the SOL Viewer.
- Export in one of the supported formats: OBJ, STL, XYZ, DAE, and PLY files.
- Import your scan into your slicer software (such as Slic3r, Simplify3D, and Cura) for evaluation, and any clean-up required.
- Resize or transform your scan as desired.
- Print, save, or export to have someone else print it.
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Printing file types
Depending on your printer, you may need to export your scan in a specific file type. The most common file type for printing is an STL file, but SOL supports many more.
|OBJ||An OBJ file is a standard 3D image format that can be exported and opened by various 3D image editing programs. It contains a three-dimensional object including 3D coordinates, texture maps, polygonal faces, and other object information. The OBJ format is widely considered to be a universal format for 3D image editing applications. The OBJ file commonly contains references to one or more .MTL files, which contains surface shading material. (Learn More)|
|PLY||PLY is a computer file format known as the Polygon File Format or the Stanford Triangle Format. It was principally designed to store three-dimensional data from 3D scanners. The data storage format supports a relatively simple description of a single object as a list of nominally flat polygons. A variety of properties can be stored, including color and transparency, surface normals, texture coordinates and data confidence values. The format permits one to have different properties for the front and back of a polygon. (Learn More)|
|DAE||3D interchange file format used for exchanging digital assets between multiple graphics programs; based on the COLLADA (COLLAborative Design Activity) XML schema, which is now owned and developed by Autodesk.|
|XYZ||The XYZ file format is a chemical file format. There is no formal standard and several variations exist. The file format is used in computational chemistry programs for importing and exporting geometries.|
The slicer, also called slicing software, is computer software used in the majority of 3D printing processes for the conversion of a 3D object model to specific instructions for the printer. In particular, the conversion from a model in STL format to printer commands in g-code format in fused filament fabrication and other similar processes. Below are some of the more common slicer software options used.
The termprinting" covers a variety of processes in which material is joined or solidified under computer control to create a three-dimensional object,with material being added together (such as liquid molecules or powder grains being fused together), typically layer by layer. Some top printers that SOL owners have used to reproduce their scans include:
3D printer services allow you to gain the benefits of 3D printing without having to learn the details of the actual printing processes. 3D Printing services also may have access to a greater variety of materials to print with, including metal, glass, ceramic and other industrial materials.
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