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Sending us your data

There are various ways in which you can send us your 3D CAD data for quotation depending on the size of your data files, and we always endeavour to email you a quotation within 24 hours.

Via email

The easiest and quickest way to send your data is to attach it to an email and send it to However, the maximum file size that we can receive is approx. 10MB, and you may need to check if there are any limitations at your end.  Please ensure that you include in the covering email your contact details and any relevant information regarding materials, quantities, finishing, delivery requirements etc.

Online Request a Quote

Alternatively, you may complete our online Request a Quote form with all the relevant details of your quote requirement and attach your data, which is then sent to us via email. Your data is held in a secure FTP (File Transfer Protocol) site, and only our CAD Engineers have access to this.  Again, there is a limit on the size of data that can be transmitted through this means, and the maximum file size is approx. 10MB.

FTP site

You can upload your data directly to our secure FTP site, and there are no restrictions on file size (although you may want to check if there are any limitations at your end).  Simply call our Projects Team on +44 (0)1635 580284 and they will email you instructions on how to upload your files, together with a username and password.

Data Format

There are a number of CAD systems we use and many different file types that we can read – click here for a full list. Whilst we can generate a quotation from almost any data source, we can only build from those that are 3D. File types that are 2D do not include sufficient information to drive the modeling process, and therefore a 2D-3D conversion is required. The .STL and .IGES file formats have become the standard data transmission method for the Additive Manufacturing industry, with the preferred format being .STL for plastic AM parts, and .IGES for metal AM (DMLS) parts. Almost all of today’s CAD systems are capable of producing .STL and .IGES files and the process is often as simple as selecting File, Save As, .STL/.IGES. For further information on how to generate a good .STL file, click here and you can read our Guide to Architectural modelling here.

File Compression

Whilst our server can allow 10MB through without any problem, it is important that your data files are compacted to allow them to be successfully e-mailed and quickly downloaded so that you can receive your quotation as quickly as possible. Therefore, files should be zipped before sending and Stlzip software is a very efficient means of doing this – a free copy can be emailed to you upon request. There are various other compression software packages available, including:-

ZIP WinZip compression file
MGX Materialise Magics compression file (Stl zip)


We are acutely aware of the confidentiality issues relating to the many parts we build for our customers, and as such are always happy to complete a Non-Disclosure Agreement. Please contact us and we will forward the agreement to you, signed by our CEO. A copy of our Privacy Statement can be found here.

Guide to Doing Business

Our Guide to Doing Business will give you details of how to place an order, set up an account and explain our delivery and returns policy. You can download the Credit Account Application form here, together with our Terms and Conditions of Sale and Code of Conduct.