Pixologic Release: 3D Print Exporter


Note: all plugins are now included with the ZBrush 4R7 installer. If you did not install a plugin then run the installer again.

For the latest information see the online docs here : http://docs.pixologic.com/user-guide/zbrush-plugins/

                                                       With <b>3D</b><b>P</b><b>rint Exporter</b> you will be able to export your favorite ZTool in <b>STL</b> and <b>VRML</b> file formats, opening you to the world of <b>3D Printing</b>.
  Who has never dreamed about having your virtual sculpting in "real" 3D, standing on your desk? Now it's possible for you to print your ZBrush models: 
  • Sculpt your art with ZBrush
  • Optimize if needed your model with the Decimation Master plugin
  • Export it with 3D Print Exporter
Main features
  • Export in STL, Binary and Ascii.
  • Export in VRML.
  • Size in Inches and millimeters.
  • Export the current or all the SubTools.
[i]"The new decimation and STL exportation tools have filled the weakest link in my work flow from creation to fabrication. you could spend many thousands of dollars and not get a better decimator or translator."[/i] [i]T.S. Wittelsbach - House of Wittelsbach - Jeweller[/i]
                          [i]"The 3D Print Exporter continues to save my life on a daily basis. The quality I'm able to get out of ZBrush as a usable file that my other programs can handle has made me a happy camper. You have just opened up a new world for me![/i]."
     [i]<b>Adam Ross - Idol Workshop</b>[/i]
                  [i]"Finally! - a direct export from ZBrush to print format! This tool will help decrease the time it takes to get a ZBrush sculpture ready for 3d print production, and open up the services of most 3D Printing Service Bureaus."[/i]<b>[i]
     Bill Henderson - Creative Director - Offload Studios Inc.[/i]</b> 
                   [i]"Going from the final design to rapid protoyping ready parts has been a timely production within itself... That has now been eliminated with Decimation Master and the 3D Printer Exporter plugin for ZBrush. The ability to go directly from ZBrush to a optimized scaled prototype part, eliminating any other software in between, is priceless. Once again Pixologic turns the technical to art.[/i]"
     [i]<b>Jason Lopes - Senior Systems Engineer - Legacy Effects</b>[/i]


                          [i]Model Courtesy of <b>Adam Ross</b>[/i]                
                        [i]Click to enlarge - Model Courtesy of <b>Yann Bajard, Maq3D</b>[/i]
              Check out these threads related to 3D Printing! 
  • [The Sky Fisherman](http://www.zbrushcentral.com/zbc/showthread.php?t=065258)
  • [Harry](http://www.zbrushcentral.com/zbc/showthread.php?t=062070)
  • [T.S.Whittelsbach's Jewelry Sketchbook](http://www.zbrushcentral.com/zbc/showthread.php?t=61205)
  • [Hulk Miniature](http://www.zbrushcentral.com/zbc/showthread.php?t=60245&page=9&pp=15)
  • [Sweet Mary Jane](http://www.zbrushcentral.com/zbc/showthread.php?t=061585)
  • [Rapid Prototyping and ZBrush in the Arts](http://www.zbrushcentral.com/zbc/showthread.php?t=061330)
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              This plugin is available for Windows
                                               You can get it from the <u>[Download Center](http://www.pixologic.com/zbrush/downloadcenter/zplugins/)</u>.</b></span>
              (The Mac version will be released within 30 days)
                                                       [:large_orange_diamond:small_orange_diamond:large_orange_diamond:](http://www.pixologic.com/docs/index.php/Transpose_Master) <b>[Click Here to Download the Documentation](http://download.pixologic.com/Plugins/download.php?f=3D_Print_Exporter_Documentation.pdf.zip)</b> :large_orange_diamond:small_orange_diamond:large_orange_diamond:
                                                                 If you have any questions please post them in the Support forum [here](http://forumdisplay.php/?f=8). :)
                                                       <b>To Install </b><b>3D</b><b> P</b><b>rint Exporter</b>   
  1. Quit ZBrush
  2. Extract the zip file to a temporary folder.
  3. Copy the PrintingExporter.zsc to your ZPlugs folder. With a default installation, it will be found at C:\Program Files\Pixologic\ZBrush3\ZStartup\ZPlugs.
  4. Also copy the PrintingExporterData folder and its contents to the ZPlugs folder.
  5. On PC, If needed, launch the vcredist_x86.exe (or vcredist_x64.exe for 64-bit versions of Windows). Both are included in the Troubleshoot Help folder of the plugin’s extracted archive.
  6. Launch ZBrush.
  7. Open the Zplugin palette. There you will find a 3D Printing Exporter menu, containing the new plugin’s features.
[/list]To Use 3DPrint Exporter
  1. Load a ZTool to export, like the Demo Soldier and in the ZPlugin palette, open the 3D Print Exporter menu.
  2. Activate or not the All SubTool option if needed.
  3. Click on the “Update Size Ratios” button to grab the ZTool bounding box size.
  4. Change one of the three slider to define the size of the object to export, depending on the units’ chosen by clicking on the “in” or “mm” button.
  5. When it’s done, click on the file format you want to export.
[/list]Happy ZBrushing! The Pixologic Crew






awesome again!!

wow again :slight_smile:

Wow! Is there any polygonal restrictions for printing? Or a level detail that won’t show up in a print?

I think I might require my students to turn in a 3d print from now on!
Who wants to give me a discount for quantity?


That´s fantastic. Oh my god! I just woke up and I had to rub my eyes. :slight_smile:
My sister has a 3D printer in her goldsmith-school and I would only have to pay for the material. The only problem (providing that I have a cool model one day which is worth it to be printed lol:slight_smile: ) is that she told me weeks ago that she can´t do it with a ztl.file.
I searched for a software via internet and everything sounded sooo complicated.
(Too complicated for me. :wink: ) And I realized that I´ll never be able to do that.
3D Printexporter – Fantastic news!
I guess there are a few things I´m missing… this sounds too good to be true…
For example the guys at Offload seem to work on the models after receiving the files and they optimize them as far as I know.
But I have nothing to loose if I try it.

Does anybody know if it´s possible to burn the files on a CD?
I tried once to burn a data CD with ztl.files but it didn´t work.

Thanks a lot Pixologic! :+1: :+1: :+1: :+1: :+1:

oh i want… maybe someday.

This, and the Decimation plugin, the doors pixologic is opening up will never close again…whats next? my mind is spinning with ideas. many thanks i wont be sleeping tonight.

WOW, this is perfect!
This one and Decimation is just what I needed :slight_smile:
Thank you pixologic team :smiley:

Pixologic Rules! :+1: :+1: :+1: :+1: :+1: ! Thank you!!!

Again! Great pluggin!! Anyone fancy donating me a 3D print so I can use this thing? :D:+1:

Seriously, when I stop being poor, this is one of the first plug-ins I will use!!

Well done!

This and the last plugin are very cool!

Can anyone recommend a good (preferably UK based) 3D print company?



Thank you… it’s Awesome…!!! :+1:

OMG! This is awesome!
Thank you Pixologic!

Great… now the game begins… how about a full article on 3D printers on the market and maybe a world wide list of 3D Printing Providers…
If T.S. Wittelsbach is happy then it says a lot, as I love his work…


Simply amazing!!!

EDIT: ooooh!!! COME ON!!! Pc only??? Common guys. Have mercy

dk79 :slight_smile:

(The Mac version will be released within 30 days)

Awesome, I’d been hoping for an STL exporter from Zbrush for a couple years now.

Thank you, thank you thank you!!! This was something I had on my wish list! I could have used this like 3 days ago, but I will make sure to make use of it in the future! Again, You guys rock!!!