Meshmixer 2.6 was released today by Autodesk with some nice additions for your 3D printing workflows.
One of the new features I've found fun to play with is the Add Tube feature which lets you route tubes through your 3D models. Its pretty interactive as you drag the handles around to define the start and end of the tube. By default, the tubes are routed automatically through the inside of your model and cut out. Some parameters and alternate behavior is possible such as routing with straight lines, splines, inside or out of the model, adjusting the start and end size, and creating a separate tube object. It will even route around previously routed tubes in case you need multiple tubes. Some amazing work by Valkyrie Savage, an intern with Autodesk Research, went into bringing this feature to Meshmixer for this release.
Here is my first model using this feature: a (hopefully not offensive) DIY bunny sprinkler that shoots water out of its eyes!
Of course there are many other (useful) possibilities using this feature in your projects including routing circuits or electronics through a 3d model, or possibly 3D printing conductive material. See this video for more of what Ryan and his team have been up to.
Amongst other things, here is a list of what is included in Meshmixer 2.6, now on the loose!
- Simplified 3D Print UI
- Support for Dremel 3D Printer (printer/support preset, send prints to Dremel Idea Builder software)
- (experimental!!) DLP/SLA support preset
- New Orientation tool for optimizing print orientation to miminize support volume/area, and/or maximize print strength
- New Add Tube tool for creating tubes through/between shapes
- New Preserve Boundaries option in Smooth Boundary
- New Allow Top Connections option in Support Generator
- Brought back Strut Density option in Support Generator
- Fix longstanding Axis scaling bugs in transforms
- Face Transform & Soft Transform tools now infer local frame from selection, and can optionally have separate frame for each ROI
Download Meshmixer here....onwards fellow Makers!