All 3D printed models start with a software model. At Callprint we prefer not to list file formats that we can 3D print from, instead we prefer to ask our customers what software they are using?
Historically we have worked with data generated from a wide number of sources including Lidar, Photogrammetry, Sonar, Seismic data, Laser Scan data as well dozens of modelling, CAD, BIM & GIS applications. In future we look forward to finding ways to 3D print from software that we currently have not come across.
We start with the premiss that there is always a route to make a 3D software model into a 3D print . The basic requirements for a 3D printable file is that it consists of 3D surfaces, meshes or solids. Files containing lines and points need some work to define a form that can be read by a 3D printer.