The File Extensions Database

.3W File Extension

  • Developer by: XYZprinting
  • Category: CAD Files

What is an .3W file?

.3W is XYZprinting Sliced Model File

A 3W file is a model created by XYZware, software bundled with XYZprinting printers such as da Vinci Pro. It contains a sliced model of a 3D object in Base64 Encode G-code. 3W files are created by XYZware then transmitted to a 3D printer for printing.

In order to create 3D objects, a user converts the object into a series of slices that are printed vertically one at a time. A 3W file saves these slices in formatted G-code, which is a language used in CAD manufacturing for controlling automated machine tools.

The XYZware program that comes with select 3D printers developed by XYZprinting and allows you to adjust printing settings, including speed, print support, and Retraction (printing without streaking or smudging when the extruder moves over the print).

Programs that open XYZprinting Sliced Model File
XYZprinting XYZware

How to solve problems with 3W files

  • Associate the 3W file extension with the correct application. On :
    Windows: Right click on any 3W file and then click "Open with" > "Choose another app". Now select another program and check the box "Always use this app to open *.3W files". Mac: Right click (or Ctrl-click) the 3W file, then click "Open with" > "Other...". Then choose another program and check the "Always Open With" box. Linux: Right click on the file, and select "Open with" and choose another program. iPhone: Tap the file. If you do not see an app to open the file, then tap Share "Share" and choose an app. Alternatively, save the file. Then open the Files app Files app. There long-press on the file, then release your finger. You will see a black menu bar. Then tap "Share" and select an app. Android: Tap the Settings icon on your smartphone, then tap on the Apps section. There tap the Options icon in the top right-hand corner of the screen to change the default apps.
  • Update your software that should actually open .3W is XYZprinting Sliced Model File. Because only the current version supports the latest 3W file format. Search, therefore, e.g. on the XYZprinting manufacturer website after an available .3W is XYZprinting Sliced Model File update.
  • To make sure that your 3W file is not corrupted or virus-infected, get the file again and scan it with antivirus software.