With Photoshop, you can print any compatible 3D model without worrying about 3D printer limitations. In preparation for printing, Photoshop automatically makes 3D models watertight. Photoshop also generates the necessary support structures—scaffolding and rafts—to ensure that your 3D prints are successful.
You can now print 3D models as 3D Manufacturing Format (3MF) files. While specifying the 3D Print Settings, select Print To: Local and Printer: 3MF File. When you print the 3D object, Photoshop generates the 3MF file. On computers running Windows, Photoshop also launches Microsoft 3D Builder for you to work further on the 3MF file.
To refresh the list of supported printers or online profiles, select Get Latest Printers from the Print To pop-up menu.
To view estimated prices for printing the 3D model using available Shapeways.com profiles, select Printer > Estimate Price.
A. 3D model B. Print plate C. Printer volume overlay
You can scrub the value of a Scene Volume dimension by clicking the dimension label (X, Y, or Z) and then dragging the mouse left or right. Hold down the Shift key to make the value scrub faster.
You can enable an experimental feature that lets you print continuous tones using your MakerBot Replicator 2x 3D printer.
As a prerequisite to multitone printing, you must enable experimental features in Photoshop:
Experimental features are not yet production-ready. Use these features with discretion.
Once you're done specifying the 3D print settings, follow these steps:
You can cancel an in-progress 3D print by selecting 3D > Cancel 3D Print.
Photoshop provides interactive wizard-based utilities that you can use for configuring, calibrating, and maintaining your 3D printer. You can use these utilities only when the 3D printer is powered on and connected to your computer.
Calibrate Print Plate
Helps level the print plate. This utility performs the following broad steps:
You can use this utility in the wizard mode or in the manual mode.
Helps load a filament into a fused deposition modeling (FDM) 3D printer. Photoshop initiates the head-heating process and the filament-loading mechanism for easy filament loading.
Helps remove a filament from an FDM 3D printer. Photoshop initiates the head-heating process and the filament-loading mechanism for easy filament removal.
Helps replace the filament of an FDM 3D printer with a new filament. Photoshop initiates the head-heating process and the filament-loading mechanism for easy filament changing.
At times, you may want to print multiple instances of the same object on the same build plate. Follow these steps:
Photoshop currently supports the following local 3D printers:
Additionally, Photoshop supports several Shapeways.com and Sculpteo profiles.
Direct USB printing with the MakerBot Replicator 5th Generation printer profile is not supported yet. You can export the files you want to print to a USB stick and then print them locally.
Yes. You can define cross sections to slice away parts of a 3D model before printing. Follow these broad steps:
Before printing, you must bake the cross section you've defined.
Yes. Follow these broad steps:
If your 3D printer is equipped with two heads, you can print 3D models in two colors. The Print Properties panel displays pop-up options for the additional heads available. The 3D workspace and the 3D print preview display the model in two colors.
From a printing standpoint, each layer in the 3D model is treated as a 3D object. If necessary, you can merge two or more layers (3D > Merge 3D Layers).