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How to convert 3MF to XGL (ZGL)?


PolyTrans|CAD+DCC performs mathematically precise CAD, DCC/Animation, GIS and BIM 3D file conversions into all key downstream 3D packages and file formats. Okino software is used and trusted throughout the world by many tens of thousands of 3D professionals in mission & production critical environments, backed by respectable personal support directly from our core development team.

     

3MF

3MF, 3D Manufacturing Format, is a modern replacement for the legacy STL (StereoLithography) file format with an explicit focus on the proper transmission of CAD and non-CAD model data for 3D printing as well as to downstream services and platforms. From Okino's long term perspective, the VRML2 file format was and is "just as good" for such requirements but never had the correct understanding nor traction since its introduction in 1995.

Features of 3MF over the legacy STL format includes: geometry instancing support, layered texture maps, multiple layers of UV texture coordinates, vertex colors and extended material types.

History, features, overviews, implementation partners and more can be read on the 3MF Consortiumís web site.

Note: Microsoft Windows uses the 3D Manufacturing Format (.3mf) for all 3D printing tasks.

Please also refer to the 3MF export converter for more information related to 3MF.

     

XGL

XGL/ZGL is a legacy 3D polygonal mesh file format that had been created by the RealityWave company in the late 1990s. AVEVA purchased RealityWave and integrated the file format into their PDMS products. Some other companies had added XGL/ZGL exporters into their software such as CATIA, MicroStation and Solid Edge.

As explained on the Okino ZGL import converter page, files can be imported from AVEVA PDMS via the ZGL file format and AVEVA's 'rvm2zgl.exe' program. However, in more recent years, you can export DWF-3D files from AVEVA PDMS and import those files directly into Okino software.