Autodesk 3D Print Utility

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
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4 comments
  1. Rob said:

    Hi!
    We’re working on a couple fixes you’ll be happy about. More printers. A 64 bit version (great for more complex models). Being able to load a new model without closing the app is coming soon. Very soon!

    • Jenny said:

      Looking forward to it!

      • Rob said:

        Hi Jenny, You can now load another model without having to quit (you’ll loose the first model though). We’re still working on a 64 bit Windows version (it’s 64 bit for Mac), and well… we’re working on a bunch of stuff. Keep your eyes peeled.

      • Jenny said:

        Sweet! 😀

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