Formed to develop and promote a new full-fidelity file format for 3D printing, the industry association already counts 3D Systems, Autodesk, Dassault Systemes, HP, Materialise, Stratasys and many other high profile industry names as founding members.
"Ultimaker strives to evolve 3D printing into a capable, versatile and accessible production technology," Siert Wijnia, CTO and founder of Ultimaker, explained. "For this fast-growing industry to create meaningful progress, we need a more modern, future-proof and free format that is still easy to implement."
Adrian Lannin, 3MF Consortium executive director, added: "Ultimaker’s vision — to make 3D printing accessible to all — is one we share at the 3MF Consortium. We’re pleased to welcome Ultimaker and know that its award-winning innovation and experience serving both professionals and novices will help strengthen the 3MF specification and its global adoption."
The Dutch 3D printing leader further stated that it contributes to the 3MF format because it allows companies to focus on innovation and is free for anyone to implement. The next release of the company's 3D printing software Cura will support the 3MF format.
The 3MF specification eliminates the problems associated with currently available file formats, resolving interoperability and functionality issues, enabling companies to focus more on innovation. The first version of the 3MF specification is available now for download at no charge.
Two levels of 3MF Consortium membership are available: Founding and Associate. Members work collaboratively to develop, enhance and promote the 3MF specification.