If you’re using Shapr3D to create physical models of your designs, you need to use 3D printers or CNC milling routers that are equipped with their own CAM software, like MeshCam, that can load Shapr3D models and generate G-codes. All 3D printers and most CNC milling routers have that capability. You can learn about the basic process of creating physical models from designs in this article.
To make a physical model of your Shapr3D design, follow these steps:
- Export your Shapr3D model into 3MF, STL, STEP, or IGES outputs.
3MF is the recommended format because it's capable of saving all comprehensive and necessary data for printing, unlike STL.
- Import the output into your 3D printer or CNC milling router’s CAM software.
- Translate your model into G-code with the CAM software.
- Load the G-code into the CNC machine controller.
- Operate the CNC machine to create your model.
Note: If you exported your Shapr3D models as STL, STEP, or IGES files in Fusion 360, a modeling software with built-in CAM, then you can operate a 3D axis CNC mill or CURA to print the model in 3D.