Autodesk updates two of its free desktop modeling apps
Mike McLeodCAD/CAM/CAE Autodesk Meshmixer
Meshmixer and 123D Design get new features including more import/export file formats and 3D modeling/printing tools.
Autodesk recently updated a couple of its free consumer modeling and 3D printing prep tools. Meshmixer, the company’s simplified molding application for mixing, sculpting and painting 3D meshes, now includes a number of 3D printing enhancements. For example, the application’s new Make Slices tool creates a number of cross-sections using either a stacked or stacked3D technique. Users can also add/edit custom printers allowing for model prep to any 3D printer.
On the modeling side, Meshmixer allows for drag and drop of solid objects; a new primitives category; and a Separate Shells tool to separate combined geometry into distinct objects. The latest version also supports PLY binary, a 3D polygon format common with 3D scanners.
Autodesk’s free consumer-grade 123D Design application also received a bit of a make-over with a new UI that makes it look similar to other 123D apps in addition to providing access to models created in other 123D applications through MyProjects. Based on Inventor, the CAD-lite solid modeler includes new modeling tools such as Combine, Subtract and Intersect operations between meshes and solids.
Also on the modeling side, the application features new snapping options, as well as an option for combining objects on STL export to support printers that read first body only. 123D Design also supports opening, inserting, and saving meshes in STL and OBJ formats and import of SVG files to use as sketches or as simple extrusions.