Best Practices for 3MF Export for 3D Printing

An outline of best practices for 3MF exports for 3D printing.

What is 3MF?

A 3MF file is a specialized format for 3D printing that encompasses details regarding the shape, materials, hues, textures, and various characteristics of a 3D model. This format is a collaborative effort by the 3MF Consortium, consisting of prominent companies such as Microsoft, Autodesk, HP, and others.


  • KeyShot
    • Version 10+


  1. Select File > Export > 3MF, select a location, and give the file a name.

  2. In the 3MF Export window, you can adjust the size, texture resolution, number of samples, and other preferences for your 3D printable file.

  3. Click Export to bake and export your 3MF file.

More information can be found in our KeyShot manual for best practices, which includes additional guides and quick tip videos.

Another great source from the GRABCAD Community on the 3MF workflow for instructions, on how to print on the J series printers like J55 & J128.

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