Four new members have joined the recently launched 3MF Consortium, an industry association set up to develop and promote a new full-fidelity file format for Additive Manufacturing systems. 3D Systems, Materialise, Siemens PLM Software and Stratasys will join the seven founding members of the consortium, Dassault Systemes S.A., FIT AG/netfabb GmbH, Microsoft Corporation, HP, Shapeways Inc., SLM Solutions Group AG and Autodesk Inc.
“The addition of 3D Systems, Materialise, Siemens PLM Software and Stratasys to our membership ranks further demonstrates the significant industry momentum behind the adoption of 3MF,” stated Adrian Lannin, 3MF Consortium Executive Director. “By participating in the 3MF Consortium, our new members will ensure that their customers get all the advanced capabilities and productivity benefits of the 3MF specification. We welcome them and look forward to their contributions.”
The 3MF Consortium was formed to close the gap between the capabilities of modern 3D printers and outdated file formats. The 3MF specification eliminates the problems associated with currently available file formats, resolving interoperability and functionality issues, enabling companies to focus more on innovation.
“Our partnership with Microsoft and the interoperability of the 3MF format will help our customers harness all the key features of our 3D printers from the Windows platform,” stated Chuck Hull, Chief Technology Officer and Founder, 3D Systems. “As the inventors of 3D printing and the widely used STL file format, we’re pleased to join the 3MF Consortium and bring our expertise to help shape the future of interoperability and print integration.”
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