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View Expert - 3D CAD conversion for 3D Color Printing and AM

View Expert GUI

The DeskArtes Free View Expert allows you to work with faceted data, like STL. Optionally, you can purchase 3D CAD Import Translators to triangulate and auto-repair standard and native 3D CAD models for 3D Color Printing, Additive Manufacturing and Simulation applications. Import translators include STEP, CATIA 4/5/6, CATIA CGR, NX Unigraphics, SolidWorks, Solid Edge, Inventor, JT and Creo/ProE input formats. Conversion keeps original assembly colors (not textures) for 3D Color Printing and can generate optimized triangulation for simulation applications. Color models can be reliably transferred to 3D Color Printing preparation software modules 3DEdit Pro, ZEdit Pro and ColourIT via DeskArtes native file format .3de.

View Expert is supported on Windows XP / Vista / 7 / 8 / 8.1 / 10.

Free View Expert - easy 3D CAD viewing and checking

Free View Expert is entry level tool targeted for viewing, verifying, dimensioning and communicating 3D geometry information. Free View Expert allows you to input triangle models, create consistent topology, check errors, repair normals and output STL data for 3D printing without any cost.

Save time by validating your 3D model data

Free View Expert is a software tool for CAD designers who want to provide perfect solid data to downstream applications. Import STL models or optionally surface models into View Expert. Locate costly errors and correct them using your own CAD system. Verify the integrity of the data before sending it to rapid prototyping, CNC or CAE systems.

View, verify and communicate faceted 3D models

Free View Expert can input and output all relevant faceted 3D file formats for Additive Manufacturing. Automatic model verification, measuring and clipping commands help you to easily decide if the model can be printed or not.

Clipped and Wall Thickness
  • Input various faceted models: STL, VRML, ZPR, OBJ, DXF, PLY, 3DS, Collada, FBX and proprietary 3DE Files.
  • Output following faceted models: STL, VRML, ZPR, DXF, PLY and 3DE Files.
  • Automatically orient triangle normal direction for correct 3D Printing.
  • Viewing with rotate, pan, zoom and clipping commands, real-time slices for internal geometry checking.
  • Measuring with distance, radius, angle, wall thickness and 2D Drawings commands.
  • Export bounding box, area and volume for build time estimation.

Upgrade to professional STL repair tools.

Expert Series product suite offers a modular path to full STL file repair and manipulation. Start from model repair and basic splitting and mark ups with Dimensions Expert or 3Data Expert Lite, and when necessary, continue to full model manipulation with 3Data Expert offset, hollow, drain hole and support commands. All DeskArtes products offer state-of-the-art model preparation functionality with reasonable prices. New 64 bit implementation allows the handlng of the largest and most complex 3D models for Additive Manufacturing, Simulation and 3D Printing.

View Expert Offers:

View Expert for STL files

  • Faster display list generation and texture handling
  • Improved topology generation for architectural models
  • 64 bit implementation improvements to handle millions of triangles


  • Print and Email Images and 3D Geometry with Annotations and Measures
  • Input STL, VRML, ZPR, OBJ, DXF, PLY, 3DS, Collada, FBX and 3DE Files
  • Write STL, VRML, ZPR, PLY and 3DE Files

Model Editing

  • Cut, Copy and Paste 3D Data
  • Help Text window to Aid in the Analysis Process
  • Different Error Filtering Levels for Repairing Models for Simulation vs. 3D Printing

3D Viewing, Transformations and Measuring

  • Viewing with Colors, Textures and Clipping
  • Transformations to Scale, Position, Rotate, Mirror & Platform positioning
  • Generate professional 2D Drawings from STL data
  • Point value, Distances, Angle, Radius and Wall Thickness Measuring

Faceted Model Verification

  • STL Model Verification
  • Topology Generation and Normal Orientation for 3D Printing
  • Faceted Model Output for 3D Printing

Online Help

  • Extensive Online Help
  • Tutorials and Advanced Model Manipulation Lessons
  • Reliable Network and Standalone Licensing System

Optional IGES / VDA-FS translator

  • View & Verify IGES / VDA-FS files
  • Conversion of IGES / VDA-FS to STL with Full Control of Resolution
  • Automatic Detection of Duplicate and Missing Surfaces
  • Trimming Surfaces with Curves and Other Surfaces
  • Automatic normal orientation, Output of Cleaned IGES files
  • File Conversion between IGES and VDA-FS Formats

Optional Import Translators

  • Convert standard STEP 3D CAD files for 3D Color Printing, AM and Simulation applications
  • Convert native Catia 4/5/6, NX Unigraphics, SolidWorks, Solid Edge, Inventor, Creo/ProE, JT and Catia CGR files for 3D Color Printing, AM and Simulation applications
  • Auto-repair faceted models for correct 3D Color Printing