The OpenRP Initiative…

Posted by acleveland on December 15, 2011

What is OpenRP?
The STL (Stereolithography) file format is, and for the foreseeable future, will be the standard mode of data exchange in the Rapid Prototyping industry.  It is a known fact that the STL file format does not employ efficient methods of data storage and lacks security.  Over the years, attempts have been made to replace the STL file format with a better, efficient and secure alternative.  Most of these attempts have been made by major RP software developers who, in one way or the other, have tried to derive financial benefit in the bargain.

OpenRP is not another attempt to replace the STL file format.  OpenRP is a non-profit initiative by Deelip Menezes which aims at offering the RP industry an alternative mode of data exchange while maintaining perfect compatibility with the STL file format and without any loss of data whatsoever.  OpenRP offers the RP industry a new RP file format and free software to read and write RP files.  All software at this web site is and will always remain free.  None of the applications, plug-ins or libraries will ever expire.  You are urged to freely use the software for as long as you like.

One Response to The OpenRP Initiative…

  1. Marcus Wolschon

    What’s the point?
    We already have gnu-triangle as an open alternative to STL with multi-material support,…

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