3D Printing

3D Print | 3D Build

Design for 3D printing

Whether you are creating an initial prototype or your final product, Solid Edge supports your 3D printing needs.


Create world class products using the latest 3D printing techniques

Our tools support your end-to-end workflow, from design for 3D printing techniques, to preparation and output to 3D printing hardware and services with color printing capability.

Explore new concepts
with generative design

Generative design combines powerful design tools with topology optimization, allowing you to quickly create light, highly customized complex shapes, uniquely suited for 3D printing.

Preparation of geometry for additive techniques

Seamlessly combine traditional “b-rep” solid models with triangular mesh models without time-consuming and error-prone conversions, reducing rework while supporting additive manufacturing processes for complex shapes.

Direct output of models
to your 3D printer

Solid Edge supports output of your part models to 3D Printers using the 3D Print command. Write out your parts to .stl and .3MF formats, or send your parts directly to the Microsoft 3D Builder app. This allows you to print in-house with automated print preparation, including color printing capability.

Instant quotes and parts
shipped to your door

With Solid Edge, you can also send your designs directly to cloud-based 3D printing services like 3YOURMIND to get quotes, with real time price and lead time comparison, for manufacturing the part in different materials and shipping to your location.


Solid Edge enables you to easily design for 3D printing

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FREE Software

Free 3D Design Software

Download Free Solid Edge for Students

Design for 3D printing and build the skills you need with Solid Edge Student Edition software—a free version of the same easy-to-use software suite used by professionals.

Free Software for Your Startup

If you’re an early stage startup in business for less than three years, you can now apply to get Solid Edge for free. With no application fee!