HP Inc. and Siemens, longtime partners in 3D printing, have expanded their collaboration in 3D printing to enable even more advanced functionality across a broader set of Siemens PLM software to change the way users can design and manufacture with HP’s Multi Jet Fusion 3D printing technology.
Due to a “longstanding partnership” with HP, GoProto has been using the new system for more than a year, said Jeff Dean, who does marketing for the service bureau from its sales office. As a result, GoProto has provided feedback to HP during the system’s development and “learned a few things” in the process, Dean said.
Using common structures defined by Open Packaging Conventions (OPC) such as ZIP and XML to ease development, the group members initially created a core 3MF specification; several significant task-specific extensions have since followed. A helpful 3MF FAQ page presents answers to such questions as why isn’t 3MF binary and how does it compare to STL/OBJ/AMF/STEP/etc.