3MF Files

SOLIDWORKS® 2021 features extended graphical support for 3MF files.

3MF is an industry consortium working to define a 3D printing format that allows design applications to send full-fidelity 3D models to a mix of other applications, platforms, services, and printers.

The following graphical items appear in SOLIDWORKS when you import 3MF files:
Items Graphics body Mesh BREP (open or closed) Classic BREP (solid or open)
Per-vertex coloring Yes No No
Per-facet coloring Yes No Yes
Decals Yes No No
Textures Yes No No
Transparency Yes Yes Yes
The following graphical items are exported from SOLIDWORKS to the 3MF format:
  • The color of procedural appearances
  • Textures of all mapping types such as UV mapping, projection mapping, cylindrical mapping, box mapping, and spherical mapping
  • Transparency