3Data Expert

Finnish software company DeskArtes has released version 9.1 of their 3Data Expert product, which is a professional tool for "repair, conversion and manipulation of 3D CAD data for 3D printing, Rapid Prototyping, Rapid Manufacturing as well as for simulation." It can import a variety of formats and prepare - and repair - accurate models. As well as fixing models, it does some pretty interesting things:
 
  • Split models for separate or lower build
  • Add pins to connect the ready parts acccurately
  • Hollow models for faster build
  • Add Drain Holes to remove non processed material
  • Offset solid models form open surfaces
 
This tool requires a reasonably serious Windows machine, and best operation likely requires a speedy graphics card. See their hardware requirements page for detailed information. 
 

General Fabb

Kerry Stevenson, aka "General Fabb" has been writing Fabbaloo posts since he launched the venture in 2007, with an intention to promote and grow the incredible technology of 3D printing across the world. So far, it seems to be working!

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