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Some crucial enhancements with Autodesk's free desktop modeling apps


Autodesk has added some new features to its free consumer modeling and 3D printing prep tools. Meshmixer, one of the easy to use molding applications of Autodesk that can be used for integration, sculpting and painting 3D meshes, now contains some crucial up-gradations with 3D printing.


As for instance, the new Make Slices tool of Meshmixer generates a wide array of cross-sections by applying either a stacked or stacked3D method. There is option to include/edit custom printers which facilitate model prep to any 3D printer.


On the modeling part, drag and drop of solid objects is possible with Meshmixer. There exit a new primitives category as well as a Separate Shells tool to take apart integrated geometry into distinct objects. This newest version is also compatible with PLY binary, a 3D polygon format common with 3D scanners.


Another intuitive product of Autodesk is free consumer-grade 123D Design application. It also consists of a new feature like a new UI that makes it identical to other 123D apps besides providing access to models generated with other 123D applications through MyProjects. Based on Inventor, the CAD-lite solid modeler comes up with latest modeling tools which are utilized for merging, subtracting and intersecting operations amid meshes and solids.


The modeling work is also improved with the addition of the new snapping options together with an option for integrating objects on STL export to support printers that read first body only. 123D Design also contains the options like opening, inserting, and saving meshes in STL and OBJ formats and import of SVG files to be applied as sketches or as simple extrusions.


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Some crucial enhancements with Autodesk's free desktop modeling apps

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