Top 5 3D Printing Features in the new Autodesk Meshmixer

 

Autodesk Meshmixer free all-in-one 3D printing application

Autodesk Meshmixer free all-in-one 3D printing and more application.

Autodesk Meshmixer updated today with a nice all-in-one suite for 3D printing, making it the ultimate free sculpting, mixing, painting, 3D printing application out there. Most notably, when you are ready to print your multi-mesh mashup, you can click the "Print" button which loads an arsenal of simple analysis and layout tools to arrange, heal, and even print directly to a 3D printer. See the video below for an quick teaser of what is new.

 The integration with 3D printers is intended to make the process to 3D printing even more streamlined. The healing tools require no training at all and will make just about any model printable. If you want to save time and material, then you can give your model a wall thickness so that it's hollow inside. Also, the generation of support material is an artform in itself. Of course, the experienced Meshmixer users can still find their original re-meshing, sculpting and healing tools they have grown to love for that extra level of control.

With all that in mind, here are my Top 5 Meshmixer Features for anyone interested in 3D printing.

5. New feature: "Make Solid". Now you can mash a bunch of meshes together and use "Make Solid" to heal them all together into a 3D printable object. See my Danielle Steele-like book cover I whipped together below from some 123D Catch captures I downloaded from 123dapp.com.

Make Solid

Make Solid makes these 123D Catch captures watertight!

 

4. Automatic repairing (I counted 1 click!). Whether it be a messy, unprintable model or you just want a sanity check for 3D printing your refined creation. The addition of an option to automatically "Repair Selected" is an easy hands free way to make any model 3D printable. Find it in the print bed layout screen.

3. "Hollow with Wall Thickness" will save you time and material when printing. Essentially giving your model a wall thickness that you decide, making it a hollow print rather than a solid print with infill. You can visualize how thick your model is with the slick see-through representation.

2. Analysis tools: Strength, Stability, and Slicing. This unique set of tools is perfect for visualizing how your printed model will look and perform before printing it. My favorite is the "Stability" tool where I can make sure my print will stand upright. Using this, I can push the limits of how I mix and sculpt, ensuring the printed object will not topple over!

1. Print direct to your 3D printer (Windows 8.1 supported). Windows 8.1 users will have the option to print directly to their printer, bypassing the need to go through another app such as Makerware, eliminating this extra step.

Don't take my word for it, try it for yourself...its free for Mac or Windows (32/64 bit) at its brand new page: 123dapp.com/meshmixer.

Autodesk 123D Catch makes appearance at Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week

Jacob Kok's Evolution

Jacob Kok's Evolution Collection

The Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Amsterdam took place last week and 123D Catch made an appearance! Fashion designer Jacob Kok incorporated capturing his collection "Evolution'' in 3D on the catwalk with 123D Catch. Autodesk was more than happy to help Kok present in his collection in a new, digital form.

Kok: "By presenting my designs not only physically but also digitally, new dimensions are created to strengthen the experience of fashion."

Essentially, shooting a sequence of photos around the models donning Kok's collection enabled creating a digital version of the physical designs. Shooting captures of the models donning the collection required shooting them holding still such that the photos could be stitched together to create the digital model. 

Kok: "123D Catch enables you to see more of my collection than the visitors of my show. It’s interactive; you can spin the model around and zoom to see every little detail."

You can view and tumble around the 3D captures and see videos of the full collection at 123dapp.com and at Kok's site.

Strike a pose!...and hold for a bit!...

What a YEAR! 13 of our favorite 2013 models.

Happy New Year!!  And what a year it's been: lots of updates, new apps, and (most fun for us...) lots of models from the community!

We decided to put together a short list of 13 highlights - some of the most popular models, and others that got passed around in some @autodesk.com emails.  It was pretty difficult, there have been so many great ones!

Fruteiro by Gilberto N Borges

 

Luke-Han-Leia-Capture by Kris Smith

 

Spy vs Spy by Omar Zuniga, Arizona

 

Small Spork by Connor Weller

 

Michael vs Satan by Cory Clawson

 

The Gremlor Monster by Adam Beamish

 

Variable Insulating Cup by Maundy

 

French Quarter House by Jamie Hebert

 

Siberian dragon by Josh Smith

 

2013-10-11-20-19-52 by Federico Infanti

 

Monster Bunny Rabbit by Amanda Jackson

 

Tug Boat by Steve Harney

 

Mechanical Axe by Jefferson Manalo

 

We could make 13 more of these lists and still not get to all our favorites.  Thanks so much to everyone for using the apps and we hope you have a great New Year!

What are some you think we missed?

Autodesk University: In the Can.

 

Thanks everyone who dropped by the Creative Studio this past week at Autodesk University in Las Vegas!

We had a great week and enjoyed talking to you.  There's lots of exciting things on the horizon for Autodesk and all our customers, and we're looking forward to next year.  

In spite of the apparent possibility of building a crossbow that will puncture a trash can with wooden skewers, we didn't even have any (serious) injuries from the Office Warfare table!  So all in all, we think it was a success!

Remember: "What happens in Vegas...", BUT if you have any great memories of the conference, let us know!

123D Creations with Dazed and Confused: Part 3

This week brings us the third installment in the 123D Creations series with Dazed and Confused. For this project London-based artist Yuri Pattison took a closer look at the Chelyabinsk Meteor that lit up Russia's sky for a brief moment in February 2013. He became fascinated with the subsequent "fragments of meteor" that appeared for sale on eBay at a much higher cost than other meteorites online.  

Using the photos from the eBay listings, Yuri created 3D models on 123D Catch, despite not having every angle necessary to create a perfect capture. He then printed 3D models of the meteorites, inconsistencies included, to emphasize the "example of traditional culture fetishizing the 'original' object,” wherein the representation of the object becomes just as valuable, if not more so, than the original object despite not being the real thing. Through 3D printing technology Yuri is able to bring his vision to life. See more details in the video below and by reading the Dazed article about the project.

 

In this digital age, there is no doubt that the lines between original and re-creation are becoming blurred. Yuriy states, "That's what's interesting about digital for me, and the possibilities of reproduction like 3D printing: the information contained and conveyed is the most important thing rather than copy vs original!"

Merci Beaucoup! 3D Print Show Paris All Wrapped Up.

Whoo - after a long week of flying and chunneling, we ended a great week of 3D Print Shows.  London was very exciting, with people from all over coming to say hi and learn more about 3D modeling. 

Based in the Carrousel de Louvre, it was essentially a remix of the London show, only with a lot more French. By the end of the week, my technical (if not conversational) French was parfait, but fortunately, our awesome Paris Autodesk staff came by to help bridge the language barrier.

Some attendees were professionals looking for new ways to model, like with MeshMixer or 123D Make, others just wandered in from the Louvre, not knowing what they were getting themselves into.  But in all, the show was a success and it fit nicely in one of the oldest museums in Europe.

Thanks to everyone who came by - maybe we'll see you next year!

123D Catch for iOS7: All grown up!!

It is my great pleasure to announce a brand spankin' new 123D Catch for all iOS devices running iOS7. 123D Catch is available at the AppStore right now here!!

 123D Catch: All grown up. Now for iOS 7

Before I get into the nitty gritty, I have to let you know that 123D Catch has grown up today. You can see the difference in our faithful volunteer/poster child, Aidan, who has also grown up. See his captures above from when we first launched 123D Catch two years ago, and compare it to those from the new version. Check out this quick video peek at what's in store with this monumental upgrade:

                      

Under the hood (aka in the cloud), processing your captures has been completely reworked with you in mind! The new 123D Catch pipeline significantly improves on the old process: stitching all of your capture photos together automatically, and creating detailed 3D images with crisp photo-real textures. Yes, gone are the days of manual stitching!!

That's only on the backend...we've also designed a brand new, slick app exclusively for iOS 7. Some highlights and geek speak:

  • Guided capture: dynamic visual feedback while capturing to ensure you are shooting the best possible photographs.
  • Engage with and follow other 3D photographers and their projects in the gallery.
  • Increased photo limit to 70 photographs so you can ensure complete coverage.
  • Advanced 3D previews of captures in the gallery
  • Processing higher resolution images means finer details in your capture.
  • App will now wait for a wifi connection to upload photographs for a capture, unless you explicitly tap the go ahead to use your data plan.
 
We hope you are as excited about these new updates as we are! Be sure to check back into the blog tomorrow for an amazing project that exemplifies all the amazing new things 123D Catch can do.
 
Visit www.123dapp.com/catch for more info!

 

London 3D Print Show all wrapped up!

Thanks to everyone that came out to the 3D Print Show this year!  We met so many great people and companies, and we hope to stay in touch until next year.  These pictures show only some of the great things we saw, let us know if you you saw something we didn't.

A huge thanks to the show organizers and technicians for their work, we'll see you in Paris!

Tokyo Maker Faire

Maker Faires are in full swing around the world, and Autodesk 123D got in on the action this weekend in Tokyo, Japan, a city renowned for its history of innovation. 

Carl Bass, CEO of Autodesk, even got in the action, delivering a presentation on "the appearance of new manufacturing in North America."

 

The 123D team hosted an area equipped with MakerBots, iPads with all the 123D tools installed, interlock assemblies, LED badges, duct tape bags, a black rocket shelf, and even a 3D photo booth. 

 

 It's so rewarding to see firsthand how people incorporate the 123D tools into their personal creative expression. Thank you to the thousands of smiling people of all ages that came to visit and create with us! We can't wait to do it again next year, Tokyo Maker Faire!

 

Introducing Autodesk Meshmixer, awesome 3D remixes at your fingertips

Update Feb 18, 2014: To provide you with a streamlined 3D printing experience, the Autodesk 3D Print Utility has been integrated into Meshmixer - a powerful yet easy-to-use mixing and sculpting software.  Now, when you click “3D Print…” from any of the 123D apps, your project will be loaded into Meshmixer to prepare, refine and preview your models to print with confidence.  To download the latest version of Meshmixer, please visit http://123dapp.com/meshmixer.

We're pleased to announce Autodesk Meshmixer, joining the 123D family of apps. Meshmixer is a powerful tool for working with 3D mesh files. It's been around for while, so you may have heard of it or used it, but we've made some really interesting enhancements to it.

Check out the video below and see what it can do, and read on for more.

What does Meshmixer do?

If you're new to Meshmixer, let us introduce you. Meshmixer works with 3D mesh files, which you can think of as a kind of digital clay. 3D scanning systems like 123D Catch or the Makerbot digitizer produce mesh files, as do 3D sculpting programs like 123D Creature and 123D Sculpt. 3D design files from programs like 123D Design are more like building blocks - they let you move and change clearly defined geometric elements. Mesh files are popular for 3D printing and other fabrication techniques, so all 3D design programs can produce them.

Meshmixer lets you edit and combine mesh files in many different formats in a very fluid and organic manner. It can also help you repair files from scans and preparing them for printing.

What's new in Meshmixer?

If you're familiar with Meshmixer already, here is a highlight of what we've done for Meshmixer 2:

First, we've created a brand new user interface. All the features are still there, but they're a lot easier to find and use. A row of icons along the left side of the screen gives a comprehensive overview of every feature and tool. Even if you've been using Meshmixer for a while, go ahead and take a look, you might discover something that you didn't know was there! 

Second, we've added some extremely powerful tools for preparing models for 3D printing, around the area of support material. When working with complex organic forms, you will often need to provide a support or "scaffold" to ensure that the model prints correctly. In Meshmixer, we've added tools that let you customize precise and easy-to-remove support materials for your models.  You can also analyze the strength of a model, and send your creations directly to the Autodesk 3D Print Utility.

Third, we've provided the option to navigate scenes using two different styles of mouse interaction: you can continue to use the classic Meshmixer style controls, or you can switch to the same style of mouse navigation used by the 123D apps (right-click to orbit, middle-click to pan, etc).

We're proud of this release, and we're looking forward to welcoming new users and seeing what great things you can do with it! Meshmixer is available as a free download from 123dapp.com/meshmixer