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    If you are like me, a hoarder, then you probably have a bunch of 3D print files piling up on your hard drive. And if you are even the least bit OCD you have been trying to figure out a way to manage them all. I have probably two gigs of STL files neatly organized into directories and sub directories and still can’t find what I’m looking for. When I want to print something I have to search through each directory, open each STL file, wait while it’s rendered in some application only to find out that it’s not the one I was looking for.

    I may have just found a solution, well several solutions. Digital Asset Management. These are applications and applets that help you organize and locate STL files on your hard drive. Though not perfect most are free and simple to use. Some are simple applets that allow windows users to use the document preview panel in Windows Explorer to preview STL files before opening them to full on management software with thumbnails and simple database tags.


    The site has a lot of other information you might also find helpful, from tutorials to 3D printing best practices. I would suggest taking a look around if you are new to 3D printing.

    And while we are on the topic of STL viewers and 3D Printing resources you might want to check out…


    All3DP is a great reference for all things 3D printing related not just viewers. Good reviews, great advice and not to overly Ad driven. Give it a shot you might find something so note worthy that you feel the need to post it here.

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