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“There are a lot of things those fi les don’t contain,” said


Shaun Kroeger, director of partner sales for the Americas at software company solidThinking. “We need a fi le format that can hold all the informa- tion—not just the overall shape,” said Mark Rushton, prod- uct portfolio manager at Dassault Systemes. “The challenge is exporting data from your design soft-


ware that is accurate enough, while maintaining a fi le size that is small enough to recreate fi nite part details. Data can be lost in translation,” said Michael Hansen, applications engineer at SLM Solutions, which works in selective laser melting and other AM technology. “The data may not be exact enough or the exported data may contain errors.”


Two replacements emerging Key players in the industry have come together to


develop replacements for STL: AMF and 3MF. Each format makes it easier to represent other geo- metric shapes, such as arcs, Dekker said. Unlike STL, 3MF and AMF fi les also represent material, texture, colors, authorship and other critical data concisely


and unambiguously within the fi le itself, Kidder said. “The data lives with the fi le,” he said.


AMF work began in 2010 AMF is focused on a comprehensive, standards-driven


format. AMF (aka ISO/ASTM 52915) was developed starting in


2010 through ASTM. It was fi rst approved in 2011 and has undergone several revisions, said Pat Picariello, director of development operations for ASTM International, a not-for- profi t forum that provides a consensus for the develop- ment of standards. Also involved is America Makes, which the Obama administration established in 2012. More AM fi le format standards are needed, said Wil- liams, also former chairman of America Makes’ executive committee. Only a handful of standards specifi c to AM existed at the start of this year, and of those very few 3D printing fi le format standards exist. For example, still needed are standards associated with


operator training, machine calibration, machine validation and fi nal part inspection, Dekker said.


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