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.

Nut & Bolt Puzzle Project using Tinkercad

Here's a pretty great project we found on Instructables- a perfect little print to test a desktop 3D printer AND make a stocking stuffer! What seems like a simple nut-and-bolt assembly is deceptively difficult to take apart.  But there's a trick!  We're going to try and print some today to test.

nut_and_bolt_puzzle_tc

Black Friday deals on Makerbot and 123D

The Autodesk 123D team is pleased to bring you some awesome Black Friday deals on Makerbot and 123D Premium membership! On top of our already attractive bundle offers, for the first 100 buyers we're now including $500 worth of discount coupons for use with our 3D printing partners, Sculpteo and i.materialise. And that's not all: by using the "blackfriday" promo code when you check out, you can get an additional $300 off when you sign up for a 2 year membership bundle.

You'll get:

  • The latest Makerbot, with a custom 123D faceplate
  • Additional spools of PLA
  • All the benefits of 123D membership, including Instructables Pro membership and associated benefits and discounts
  • and more!

You may ask yourself, why would you need $500 worth of 3D printing services when you are ordering a 3D printer of your own? Well, consider the possibilities: you can prototype on your Makerbot, and then get finished pieces made in metal, ceramic or full color. Imagine how your friends and loved ones will react when you show them how your 3D creations can really come to life when made in luxurious and durable materials... Check out the materials on offer from Sculpteo and i.materialise, and be inspired!

Make sure you're in the front of the line for the $500 3D printing services offer (without having to camp out all night) and go to our Black Friday deal page right now!

 

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