Ultimaker, one of the leading 3D printer manufacturers, has joined 3MF Consortium, an industry association created to develop and promote a new full-fidelity file format for 3D printing, as the newest founding member and contributor in defining what the new printing format should be.
There are two levels of 3MF Consortium membership: Founding and Associate. Members work collaboratively to develop, enhance and promote the 3MF specification.
“Ultimaker strives to evolve 3D printing into a capable, versatile and accessible production technology,” says Siert Wijnia, CTO and founder of Ultimaker. With the rapid pace of development in both software and manufacturing hardware, the current 3D formats impose limitations in 3D printing. A future-proof format that is still easy to implement is required to provide a better user experience. The next release of their 3D printing software Cura will support the 3MF format.
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 3MF specification is available for download at no charge.