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I encountered an unusual support structure issue while 3D printing and propose several ways to resolve it with Meshmixer.
Did you know Autodesk offers a free STL model repair service through an online web page? We show the details on how to use it.
This week’s question probes the software required for schools using 3D printing.
The swiss-army knife of 3D printing has been upgraded.
You might not have noticed that Meshmixer has been updated and there’s a very interesting new feature.
If you haven’t used Meshmixer, you should.
I’ve noticed a reason why Autodesk’s free Meshmixer tool might still be supported.
Autodesk’s 123D team has released version 3.0 of MeshMixer, their free – and amazing – 3D modeling utility. This time, it’s all about multiple materials.
We’ve been experimenting with some of MeshMixer’s lesser-known but highly powerful capabilities to create a hidden internal mesh for solid models.
MORE ABOUT MESHMIXER
Autodesk Meshmixer processes meshes that are digital representations of 3D objects. It is useful to know there are three components to a mesh: vertices, edges, and faces.
Vertices are points in 3D space
Edges are 2D connections (lines) between pairs of vertices
Faces are the triangles formed by three intersecting edges
We can also associate other information with faces – for example, color.
Autodesk Meshmixer creates full 3D representations of objects by linking these faces together to form the exterior “skin” of the object. Sometimes the faces are arranged incorrectly so that the “skin” is not watertight, a requirement for 3D printing. If that is the case, Meshmixer includes methods to auto-repair meshes.
Autodesk Meshmixer includes a wide range of tools to manipulate your existing 3D designs into 3D models optimized for 3D printing. Typical optimization procedures provided by Autodesk Meshmixer include creating interior cavities with the hollow function, or use variational smoothing to remove unwanted mass to reduce weight of a design.
Useful functions you will learn to use when 3D printing using Autodesk Meshmixer include:
Drag and drop mesh mixing
3D sculpting and surface stamping
Convert to solid for 3D printing
3D patterns and lattices for 3D printing
Hollowing for 3D printing
Branching support structures for 3D printing
Automatic print bed orientation for 3D printing
Brushing and constraints for 3D printing
Re-meshing and mesh simplification for 3D printing
Mesh smoothing for 3D printing
Hole filing, bridging for 3D printing
Plane cuts, mirroring for 3D printing
Extrusions, offset surfaces for 3D printing
Interior tubes and channels
Precise 3D positioning and pivots
Automatic alignment of surfaces
Stability and Thickness Analysis
Autodesk Meshmixer can help you to design 3D printable add-ons to enhance existing objects. An example is to design a clip-on base that helps a tool stand upright.
3D printers make it possible to print objects with different material printed at the same time. In Autodesk Meshmixer, using a tool called “complex objects”, you can design parts with multi-materials.
As Autodesk Meshmixer evolves, Autodesk are adding new 3D design tools that don’t exist in other 3D software. Using Autodesk Meshmixer you can light-weight a design with 3D patterns, create interior cavities with hollow, or use our variational Smoothing to melt away unwanted mass.