Autodesk Meshmixer is a very unusual (and useful!) tool: if you want to work with 3D scan data, play around with digital clay, or work with 3D models for 3D printing, Meshmixer is for you. Meshmixer itself is freely downloadable, and is used by professionals and hobbyists across the world for lots of different projects.
Some notables about this class:
This course was created out of a Kickstarter that was in the top 10% of all Kickstarters in 2015. Since then, the course has been updated as Meshmixer has been updated, so you are getting the latest information!
We look forward to providing you a useful and complete class, and are very active in responding to questions you may have...join us!
Hello from Nick and Liza of HoneyPoint3D...we would like to welcome you to this course and let you know how this course is laid out.
How Meshmixer is laid out into sections.
Some tips and tricks to best navigating your way around Meshmixer.
Download this PDF of handy shortcuts and mouse actions, created by the Meshmixer team. This PDF is usually located in the installation directory under "Meshmixer --> help_docs" but is not easily found or talked about in the program documentation itself.....so here it is for you!
Meshmixer is great at using a good number of types of files, but there are some it cannot read....this lecture helps you understand how to best save and export files into and out of the program. Plus, this lecture discusses the online gallery capabilities of Meshmixer when connected to a free Autodesk account.
Some value added tips that will save you time when working inside of Meshmixer.
Introduction to this section.
A video tour of some quality websites to find and download 3D models online.
Models you find online many times aren't perfect and have errors. This video shows how to evaluate your downloaded models for common errors.
Meshmixer has some good tools that many times will repair a model with only a few clicks.
But sometimes, the automated tools aren't enough, and you need to remesh problem areas.
If you have large or complex holes in your mesh, you can create "bridges" that can be used in conjunction with the automated tools for healing success.
The Make Solid command is a very useful tool that can heal problems that other tools have problems with. Self intersections and flipped normals can be fixed by this tool.
Meshmixer has a wide variety of tools for adding shapes into your mesh. Planes, spheres, cylinders and more can be easily added to your mesh to rebuild problem areas if needed.
An overview of how Meshmixer treats separated bodies in 3D space.
An introduction to Booleans and how the presence of separate disconnected bodies affects exporting those files for 3D printing.
A helpful menu that shows all the separate objects in Meshmixer. The menu sometimes pops up on its own, but it is good to know how to find it, what it shows, and how to use it.
Booleans are very important. They represent: Addition, Subtraction, and finding the Intersections of meshes. Boolean operations are one of the core features of all 3D programs, and Meshmixer handles them well....if you know how to set up the models first.
Boolean Unions are often used...this video shows how to get the best results (and not errors) when adding one mesh to another mesh.
Boolean operations work bets when the meshes are roughly the same density. But, the mesh does nto need to be entirely changed...just where the intersection is.
This video helps you understand how objects are positioned in 3D space, as well as how to move objects reliably.
Aligning objects is very useful, but not initially obvious in Meshmixer.
Sometimes you want to select and manipulate multiple areas of a single mesh body all at once.
When working with multiple objects, you can turn on the "magnet" and use tools as attraction targets to create form-fitting shapes, and more!
Meshmixer has great tools that allow for comparison and analysis of how those objects relate to each other. This video will show how to use those tools.
Meshmixer is not the only tool out there...this video shows other options you can investigate.
There is a wide variety in the CAD market...which (free) tools are the best to use? Also note, that "free" is in no way a detrimental thing...these tools are "free" but can be used for full mass production.
An overview of when you would choose to use a prismatic CAD modeling tool (Fusion 360) and when you would use a polygonal mesh based one (Meshmixer).
CAD models brought in from a prismatic tool can sometimes act very strangely in Meshmixer. This video shows how to prevent that from happening through adding mesh density.
Learn how to use Tinkercad.com to easily create objects, and then how to import those objects into Minecraft to amaze your friends!
The easiest way to create a 3D model is to take pictures of it! Learn how to use a normal cell phone camera to create a 3D model.
HoneyPoint3D is a premier 3D printing educational company based in the San Francisco Bay Area. Lead by Liza and Nick Kloski, HoneyPoint3D has taught over 5000 paid students about 3D printing and 3D design, and are proud to join the Udemy community.
Your main instructor will be Nick Kloski, who has been a technology professional for over 16 years, and is both a technical expert in the field of 3D printing, as well as a celebrated public speaker and instructor. Nick has taught consumers and individual inventors, and has also advised multi-million dollar technical investments in the 3D printing field.
We look forward to having you join the ever growing and changing 3D printing phenomenon.