USING MESHMIXER TO FIX YOUR 3D MODELS
Without specifically using analysis tools, no amount of visual scrutiny, even if you zoomed all the way in,
would show that there was a small cut in this sphere. The slicer software that would 3D print this model
would have to make some decisions on how to slice the object for physical printing.
Luckily there is hope! Most of the online 3D printing service bureaus offer tools to repair your 3D model for
you. For the most part, these work well, but it is always better to have a good model in the beginning of the
3D printing process. That way, you are more likely to be happy with the end result.
There are a few applications that can help you repair models if your end goal is 3D printing. We believe a
very good option is the program Meshmixer, which we mentioned earlier and described in Chapter 11. The
Inspector tool in Meshmixer (click “Analysis” then “Inspector” in Meshmixer) can often fix your model in just
a few clicks, as shown in Figure 13-10.
Clicking any of the little blue bubbles coming out from the model will usually repair that part of the mesh
successfully, making the model ready for 3D printing. This tool is so easy to use, it makes Meshmixer an
ideal part of your existing workflow for 3D printing, even if you are already comfortable using other tools.
FIGURE 1310: The Inspector tool in Meshmixer pinpointing problems with the 3D model
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