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Free CAD Utility Recommendations Available

I’ve found a source with a ton of CAD utility recommendations that could make life easier for anyone using 3D CAD to create designs for 3D printing.

Magics

The Magic Behind Materialise

We had a chat with Materialise’s Stefaan Motte to find out what’s happening at the long-time 3D printing leader. 

cad

Book of the Week: Python for 3D Printing

There’s a rather interesting book that can show you how to use Python programming to supercharge your 3D modeling experience for 3D printing.

3degrees

TRACE: Traceability In 3D Printing

As 3D printing continues to industrialize, quality management and traceability are increasingly in focus — and that’s just what TRACE software offers.

dassault

SOLIDWORKS 2020 Debuts

It’s the most wonderful time of the year: the annual update of SOLIDWORKS is out.

$generative design for 3D printing

Matters At ParaMatters

Generative design is advancing toward more automated design solutions for additive manufacturing. ParaMatters’ CTO provides a look into what’s new with CogniCAD’s cloud-based generative design software.

$medical 3D printing

Solving Image-Based Medical 3D Printing Challenges

Medical 3D printing is becoming increasingly valuable for manufacturers and clinicians to solve patient-specific problems through tailored implants to improve diagnostic decision-making.

ai

Markforged Forges On With Blacksmith AI

Greg Mark, CEO of Markforged, tells us it’s “definitely the most exciting thing we’ve announced” as the company introduces its foray into artificial intelligence.

cad

At Last: The End of STL Is In Sight

There have been a few developments recently that have brought me to the view that STL file format will slide away quietly.

industry

3 Decades of 3D Printing in 3 Stages

I caught up this week with Stefaan Motte, Vice President and General Manager of Software at Materialise, to discuss three decades of 3D printing in three stages.

@pixologic

Free 3D Software for the New School Year

It’s that time of year for many students about to enter another year of learning, hopefully many in 3D. Fortunately, there are many ways to access free 3D software. 

Four Styles of 3D Design Software

A question we often encounter at Fabbaloo is “what 3D modeling software should I use?” The answer is, “It depends”.

The Case for Multiple 3D Tools

Isn’t there a single software tool that can do all 3D operations you need? No. Definitely not. 

Is Software The Answer To Reliable 3D Printing?

Like most of you, we like to watch 3D prints happen. There’s something magical about seeing a real object appear out of, apparently, thin air. But while the print takes place, angry thoughts emerge. 

Autodesk Battles Bad Design

3D software giant Autodesk has released an infographic portraying the need for, guess what? 3D design software. (Click on the image above to see the

Where’s My 3D Print Button? Part 2

Last week we lamented the current state of personal 3D printing workflow: difficult. It’s so difficult we believe many potential mainstream 3D printer owners would

Where’s My 3D Print Button? Part 1

We’ve all seen this button many times. It’s how you produce 2D paper output, and you’ve used it perhaps all your life, maybe every day.

Nervous Jewelry

  Actually it’s not the jewelry that’s nervous, it’s the creators. Or their company: Nervous System. They produce a line of jewelry (bracelets, rings, necklaces,

Shrunken Heads at Opend3DP!

The folks at Open3DP continue to investigate ways to produce 3D glass printing, and they’ve been quite successful so far. A recent post shows their

SUBSTANCE

We ran across an intriguing software tool that can be used to develop incredibly cool 3D models. It’s called “SUBSTANCE”, from NeuroSystems. Here’s NeuroSystem’s tagline:

Replacing .STL

We wrote on the problems with the prehistoric .STL format the other week, and bumped into a potential replacement: GTS. It’s an open source project:

A Chameleon Tears Down Barriers

A1 Technologies, the folks who make the very inexpensive RapMan 3D printer and more recently an inexpensive 3D scanner, now produce an innovative 3D mouse

netfabb Studio 4.2

  Yes, it’s just been updated and available for download. netfabb is a lightweight Windows software tool specifically engineered for additive design. netfabb offers a

ZBrush 3DPrintExporter

  Another really useful plugin has emerged for the popular and powerful ZBrush digital sculpting program. The new 3DPrintExporter does exactly that: it prepares a

XVL Studio Version 8.1 Released

Lattice Technology has just released a new version of their 3D modeling suite, XVL. It’s being distributed to customers with maintenance contracts this week. There

Meshlab

  Just so you know, Meshlab has released version 1.2.0 of their software recently. What is Meshlab, you ask? From their project site: MeshLab is

rhino

T-Splines 2.0 Nearly Available

  T-Splines 2.0 for the Rhino 3D modeling package is apparently going to ship in the next few weeks, and we noted some very useful

Fix That Rhinoceros!

  The University of Minnesota’s course “ARCH 4150” provides an introduction to Rhino, but we noticed they’ve posted a detailed workbook on how to prepare

AnarkikAngels Challenges Conventions

Edinburgh-based AnarkikAngels is trying to break down a barrier that we’ve seen others try to breech: the difficulty in acquiring 3D models. As we’ve said

ShapeShop 3D Modeling Software

A new 3D Modeling tool has emerged: ShapeShop! It claims: ShapeShop is a new 3D modeling and design tool with a fun, easy-to-learn interface. Sketch-based

AutoCAD 3D Bonus Pack

A new Bonus Pack is available for AutoCAD via your subscription.  In fact, there are three available. The first provides extra measurement techniques, PLINE and

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