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Exporting to a 3D Printer using an STL file

Craig Boyer
Graphisoft Alumni
Graphisoft Alumni
One of the advantages to modeling in 3D is that the project file can be easily exported to a 3D printer using the STL (StereoLithography) file format. Follow the steps below to export the model as an STL.

Readying the Model for Export

1. Open the model in 3D.

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2. Hide the layers of model that contain unnecessary data.

Note: Most commercially available 3D printers struggle when trying to replicate fine detail. Models that are simpler geometrically tend to yield better results. Simplification is recommended but optional.

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3. Go to Document > Model View > Model View Options...

4. Under the Detail Level of Door, Window and Skylight Symbols tab, change the 3D detail levels for doors, windows and skylights to Schematic. Click OK.

Note: This further simplifies the geometry of the model and is recommended but optional.

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5. Save a view of the model to avoid doing this again during a future export.

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Exporting the Model

1. From the previously saved 3D view go to File > Save As...

2. In the save dialogue box set the format to StereoLithography File, name the file and click Save.

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3. In the Save 3D as STL change or verify the settings and click Save.
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