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I recently learned about the Autodesk 3D Print Utility tool. [Download Here]

It’s supposed to be an all-in-one helper that lets you very simply pop in a model and print it out.

It’ll do all the mesh fixing and support generation for you, much like PreForm.

I scoped it out for its mesh fixing utility.

Materials

Loading up is pretty straightforward. You must select a printer and a material from the list. The default is MakerBot Replicator 2 with PLA White as the material.

Printer Utility

It auto-orients the mesh and adds supports. You can change orientations with the “Minimize” checkbox, to minimize supports.

Here I loaded up the broken Peppermint Butler. It fixed the model without many problems.

I saved the mesh as an STL and got back a fixed up PP with no support structures. Whoohoo!

Next I loaded up the broken Rakdos model. I’d initially thought the 3D Print Utility broke after 30 minutes of the “processing model” loading bar.

However, after 3 hours, it’s fixed.

fixed!

It’s like Sculpteo!

resolution

Interestingly, the mesh lost a lot of resolution compared to the original.

Summary:

Pros:

  • fixes basic meshes and generates support structures
  • exports the repaired model without the supports
  • connects to printers easily
  • loads OBJs and STLs

Cons:

  • limited printer choices
  • struggles on difficult-to-fix models
  • no way to upload another model without restarting the program

Make

The World Maker Faire was awesome!!!

Highlights:

  • 3D printing village: the machines, the prints, everything
  • Giant mousetrap
  • Free pouches of applesauce
  • Vegan paella
  • Gumball machine that dispensed candy with a text message
  • Pour-over coffee robot
  • Umbrella violin
  • Meeting Kacie (PrettySmallThings)
  • Tiny cupcakes
  • MakerShed

I also gave two intro to 3D printing talks for Make, and a sewing pattern generation talk. They were fun.