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Supported Applications

Shapeways accepts designs in STL, OBJ, X3D, DAE, Collada or VRML97/2 (WRL). This page lists the 3D Authoring tools that are known to export those file formats. If your tool cannot export to one of these formats, try converting your files with one of the following tools:

  • MeshLab (Open Source, cross-platform)
  • AccuTrans (Windows, commercial software, free 30-day trial)

You can always visit our 3D printing forum to get feedback from 3D printing experts from around the world.

Please help us keep this list current

If you have any information that should be on this list (another 3D app, new exporter plugins, tutorials), please post it on the forum. Awesome.

3D Software STL OBJ X3D Collada VRML97/2
123d Native
3D-Coat Native Native
3dtin Native
3D Crafter 9 Pro Has errors Native Native
3DS Max 2010 - Tutorial Native Max 5,6: More info More info Native
Alibre Design Native
Art of Illusion Native Plugin is under development Native
AutoCad 2010 Native Native
Autodesk Inventor Native
Autodesk Revit Plugin, but reported problems
Blender - Tutorial Native Native Native More info Native
BRL-CAD Native
Catia Native Native
Carrara 7 Native
Cheetah3D Native Native
Cinema 4D - Tutorial Native Native Native
Claytools Native
Daz Studio Native
Fractracer Tutorial
Freecad Native Native Native
3D Software STL OBJ X3D Collada VRML97/2
Freecad Native Native Native
FormZ Native Native Native
Google Sketchup 7,8 - Tutorial Plugin Native
(Pro version only)
DAE native Native, Tutorial Native
(Pro version only)
Groboto Native
Hash Animation:Master Native Native
Hegaxon Native Native
Houdini Native
Kubotek KeyCreator Native Native,
no textures
Lightwave 11 - Tutorial More info Native Native
Maya - Tutorial More info More info Tutorial
Maple Native Native
Mathematica Native Native Native
Modo More info Native Native More info
MoI 3D Native
OpenSCAD Native
Pro-engineer Native
Rhino3D Native Native Native
Sculptris Native
Softimage XSI Plugin Native Plugin Native Plugin
SolidWorks - Tutorials 1, 2 Native
3D Software STL OBJ X3D Collada VRML97/2
Strata 3D Native Native
TopMod Native Native
Tinkercad Native
TrueSpace 7.6 Native - 7.6.0 only Native Native
TurboCAD Native Native Native Native
Vectorworks 2012 Native
Vellum Argon Native
Vellum Cobalt Native
Verto Studio for iPad and iPhone Native
viaCad - Tutorial Native
Wings3D Native Native Native Native
Zbrush 4 More info Native More info

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