This tutorial is for SolidWorks 2010:
STL designs are good for all 3D materials.
SolidWorks works with a “Y-up” system by default, which means your object will be printed laying on its side. To fix this, you need to tell SolidWorks to use a “Z-up” system by defining a new Coordinate System under Reference Geometry.
Select the Z axis, and select the Top Plane or a vertical edge of your part.
You may have to press the Reverse Z Axis Direction button to get your Coordinate system to line up correctly, like this:
Choose File, Save As, select STL (*.stl) from the drop down menu, and click the Options button:
Check the Resolution is set to Fine, and make a mental note of the measurement units. You need to ensure the units you choose here match the units you specify when you upload the file. Change the Output coordinate system to the one you just made (Coordinate System1 by default) and click OK.
Save your file. If your model is part of an assembly, make sure you select the correct body to export and click OK.
You’re now ready to...
Your 3D design file must be less than 20mb. If it is not, go back to the Options screen and select Custom settings under Resolution. Try increasing the Deviation Tolerance (which lowers resolution on whole parts) or the Angle Tolerance (which lowers resolution on smaller details). This will reduce the resolution of your model so after you upload it, check that it looks okay in our online product visualization tool.
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VRML 97 designs are good for Rainbow plaster.
Remember we do not support textures at this time. This means you need to apply your colors by using Edit Appearance:
And colouring your faces with the tools on the Colour/Image tab.
Now you’re ready to export ...
Choose File, Save As, select VRML (∗.wrl) from the drop down menu, and click the Options button:
Set the Version to VRML 97, and make a note of the Units. You will need to make sure the units you choose matches the units you specify when you upload the file. Change the Output coordinate system to the one you just made (Coordinate System1 by default) and click OK:
Save your file:
You’re now ready to ...
(This is the same process for when your object resolution looks too low.)
Your 3D design file must be less than 20mb. If it is not, SolidWorks creates the VRML file based on the current display performance settings. To alter the appearance go to Tools, Options, and under the Document Properties tab, select Image Quality and adjust the resolution of the Shaded and draft quality HLR/HLV slider:
Make sure your materials in SolidWorks don’t reference any textures (Image or Procedural.)
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