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How to convert ESRI ShapeFile (.shp,.cshp) to 3MF?


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ESRI ShapeFile

The ShapeFile format was defined by Environmental Systems Research Institute, Inc. (ESRI) for storing simple vector data elements, most often used for GIS datasets and GIS flat maps.

The Okino geometry import converter reads in the point, line and polygon-area geometrical vector data from a ESRI "Shape File". These files are often created using ESRI's ARC/INFO, ARC/VIEW and ARC/GIS. The file extensions are .shp (geometry data) and .cshp (ESRI ShapeFile project file, which makes reference to other .shp files on disk).

     

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.