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.
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.
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.
It’s like Sculpteo!
Interestingly, the mesh lost a lot of resolution compared to the original.
- fixes basic meshes and generates support structures
- exports the repaired model without the supports
- connects to printers easily
- loads OBJs and STLs
- limited printer choices
- struggles on difficult-to-fix models
- no way to upload another model without restarting the program
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!
Looking forward to it!
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.