I think they can support. My friend had taken help from Solidworks regarding it.
Jacob Zelko wrote:
I just found out that Solidworks now supports printing to 3D Printers. ..
I have been using SolidWorks for 3D printing for 15 yrs.
I'm pretty sure the capability to 3D Print is more a function of Windows than it is of SW. My understanding is that Microsoft was interested in expanding the possibilities. Even if you cannot use SW to directly control the 3D printer, all that I am familiar with come with some type of software/hardware controller. It is normally a matter of using SW to create an STL file which you then send to the Printer.
Actually, what the printer wants is GCode not STL.
"Slicing"* software is generally used to create gcode from the STL file, adding printer-specific configuration info such as bed size, required temperatures (material specific) for extruder & bed, infill ratios etc.
I wonder if SolidCAM or a similar plugin can control a printer directly?
*Ask Google about "Slic3r", "Repetier" or "Cura" slicing software.