I was taught to just export my part model in STL file format when I take it to the slicer. I can't believe it took me five years to realize this but apparently other file formats go to slicers as well.
I can look up the differences on my own (feel free to post them anyway) but what does everybody here use and what benefits do you think it has? I have an FDM printer and have always used STL files. I use Slic3r Prusa Edition and I like it. I adjust the resolution of my STL file depending on what I'm trying to accomplish.