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Direct 3D Printing from SolidWorks is only supported for Windows 8.1 or later.

The Print3D functionality is built directly into SolidWorks Standard, Professional, and Premium. It allows you to set up a model and send it to print on your 3D printer directly from SolidWorks provided your printer is installed locally.

Print3D gives you control over:

  • which printer you want to print on
  • the position of the model
  • the scale of the model for printing
  • and the quality and speed of the print, including options to adjust the infill percentage

SolidWorks also supports options to print rafts and supports.

When the ‘Include Raft‘ option is selcted the print output is built on top of a mat of disposable material that you can remove after printing, which can improve the finish where the part is contacting the print bed.

When the ‘Include Supports‘ option is selected supports are added for any model face that hangs over open space with no part of the model holding the face up.

There is also the option to export this setup to a format commonly used for 3D printing should you wish to print on a machine that isn’t installed locally.

This 3D printer integration eliminates the use of additional software. You can be sure that you are printing the most up to date model without the need for converting file formats to import into the manufacturers software.

Below is a short video demonstrating how quick and easy it is to print straight from SolidWorks 2015.

Sindoh, a manufacturer of 3D printers, have recently become partners with SolidWorks and are developing a fully integrated add-in allowing you to get the most out of your Sindoh printer directly from SolidWorks.

Read the full article about the new partnership between SolidWorks and Sindoh here.

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