SOLIDWORKS 2020 now supports slicing export for 3MF. To get this to work you must first enable slicing in the Print3D menu. Here’s how to do it:
1. Open a part and click File > Print3D
2. On the Settings tab, for Bottom plane of model, select a plane.
3. On the Preview tab, specify options:
Layer height Specifies the layer height of the striation lines.
Saves slicing information when you export to a .3mf file.
(Available when you specify a bottom plane on the Settings tab.)
Generate slices(for 3MF export)
Specifies the smallest edge included in a polyline for a slice. This edge corresponds to the smallest linear segment that a 3D printer can print.
Minimum edge length
Make sure to check the box for Generate slices (for 3MF export)
click Preview Slices to regenerate the slices.
After you click Preview Slices, the slices appear in yellow on the part
Time to export… click Save As.
Select file type.
Click on Options
Check the box for Include Slices
I hope this part of the What’s New series gives you a better understanding of the new features and functions of SOLIDWORKS 2020. Please check back to the CATI Blog as the CATI Application Engineers will continue to break down many of the new items in SOLIDWORKS 2020. All these articles will be stored in the category of “SOLIDWORKS What’s New.”
What is DI Month? We’re declaring October Design Innovation Month—again! It’s a month-long series of special events focused on what’s new in design and manufacturing technology. You’ll learn about enhancements in SOLIDWORKS 2020 that deliver new capabilities for improved performance, streamlined workflows, and a connected design ecosystem. Find out what’s new in 3D printing applications and 3D scanning to integrate into your design process. So, get ready to do things differently. It’s time to innovate!
John Van Engen
Support Team Leader
Computer Aided Technology, LLC