prints out the 3D model using a 3D print previewer.


prints out the 3D model using the specified 3D printing service.


saves a print-ready form of the model to a file in the format indicated by the file extension ext.

Details and Options

  • The model can be any 3D solid Graphics3D or 3D solid RegionQ object.
  • Printout3D[model] sends the model to the print 3D previewer application specified in Preferences Services Print 3D Previewer setting.
  • Printout3D[model,service] will typically launch a preview webpage on the external 3D printing service.
  • 3D printing services include:
  • "IMaterialise"i.materialise
  • Printout3D[model,"file.ext"] attempts to save model in the appropriate format for the file, including "STL", "OBJ", and "DAE".
  • The following options can be given:
  • MethodAutomaticmethod to use
    RegionSizeAutomaticthe absolute size at which to print the model
    TargetUnitsAutomaticoutput units of the model
    Printout3DPreviewer$Printout3DPreviewer3D print previewer to launch
  • Printout3D[model] will automatically call the previewer specified by Printout3DPreviewer.
  • Printout3DPreviewer can be used to launch the preview application for your 3D printer.
  • Printout3D provides gateways to external 3D printing services. Its uses are subject to any restrictions associated with those services, and may require additional licensing and fees.


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Basic Examples  (1)

Generate a 3D model:

Send the model to a 3D printing service:

Scope  (12)

Basic Uses  (7)

Printout3D works with 3D special regions:

3D graphics:

3D solid mesh regions:

3D boundary mesh regions:

Use the default 3D print previewer application:

3D printing service:


IMaterialise  (2)

Send a model to i.materialise online printing service:

Set the materials to use:

Sculpteo  (2)

Send the model to Sculpteo online printing service:

Set the materials to use:

Shapeways  (1)

Send the model to Shapeways online printing service:

Generalizations & Extensions  (1)

Use a custom program on your computer system to preview and to print:

Send a Sphere:

Options  (7)

Method  (2)

Check and repair defects of a model prior to printing it:

Skip model repairing:

Printout3DPreviewer  (2)

Use a default 3D printing previewer on your computer system to preview and to print:

Use StringTemplate with slot named file to create a command to run:

TargetUnits  (1)

Specify the output unit of a model:

RegionSize  (2)

Specify the size of a model:

Use Quantity to specify the range of a model and the output unit:

Applications  (5)

Print a 3D model of an anatomical structure:

Print a trefoil knot:

Print an antiprism polyhedron:

Print a three-dimensional contour plot:

Hollow out a model to save material:

Resize and print the model:

Possible Issues  (2)

The size of tiny models and large models may be automatically adjusted:

Adjusted size:

Use the setting RegionSize->Inherited to preserve the original size:

Access to 3D printing services may require registration:

Introduced in 2016