3D Printing and 3D Design Using Autodesk Meshmixer
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3D Printing and 3D Design Using Autodesk Meshmixer

The best (and free!) design tool for 3D design and 3D printing...explained concisely to unleash your creativity.
4.3 (85 ratings)
Instead of using a simple lifetime average, Udemy calculates a course's star rating by considering a number of different factors such as the number of ratings, the age of ratings, and the likelihood of fraudulent ratings.
465 students enrolled
Last updated 4/2017
English
Price: $80
30-Day Money-Back Guarantee
Includes:
  • 16 hours on-demand video
  • 1 Supplemental Resource
  • Full lifetime access
  • Access on mobile and TV
  • Certificate of Completion
What Will I Learn?
  • Design with confidence for 3D printing, or just for personal or professional creativity.
  • Understand better how to fix and evaluate models for 3D printing.
  • Push, pull, mold, stamp, stencil, and color digital clay to show off to friends online, or to manifest in physical form via 3D printing.
  • Create and edit support structures for 3D printing that are more reliable (and more editable) than many slicers
  • Find where 3D models are online and how to download (and fix if needed) those models for further iteration from your own creativity.
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Requirements
  • Meshmixer is freely downloadable for PC, Mac, and (experimentally) Linux. All you need is to download the software, take the course, and be successful at designing and/or 3D printing.
  • As a general statement, all 3D design software works better with a 3-button mouse. You can certainly use a touch-pad on a laptop, but if you can find a 3-button mouse, that is the best.
Description

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:

  • No experience in 3D design or 3D modeling needed, we'll guide you all the way!
  • Over 17 hours of training!
  • Over half of the class is short videos that describe each and every function of the program (like a video index)
  • The balance of the class is centered around "activities"...5-7 videos that build upon each other to do a specific task
  • If you work with 3D scans professionally (dentists, sculptors, reverse engineers) then Meshmixer will be VERY useful to you (the author owns a pair of Artec 3D scanners, and uses Meshmixer daily to clean up those 3D scans)
  • Creating 3D scans does not need to cost money!  You can learn in this class how/where to create free 3D models, based on real-world objects, and then how to use Meshmixer to edit and remix those models
  • Meshmixer can repair truly "messed up" 3D models for 3D printing....in fact there is an entire section inside of Meshmixer dedicated to creating editable support structures for 3D printing (which we cover extensively)

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!

Who is the target audience?
  • This course is designed for beginners and more advanced users alike. Meshmixer is incredibly powerful but can be picked up by beginners readily. Intermediate and advanced users will benefit from the 80+ reference videos explaining every option and feature of this powerful software.
  • Meshmixer is very powerful (and free) software, but the documentation for many features is not the best. If you have been searching for a comprehensive "missing manual" of features for Meshmixer, this course is for you.
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Curriculum For This Course
163 Lectures
16:08:38
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An Overview of Autodesk Meshmixer
6 Lectures 25:31

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.

Preview 02:12

How Meshmixer is laid out into sections.

Overview of Meshmixer Areas
03:50

Some tips and tricks to best navigating your way around Meshmixer.

Overview of Meshmixer User Interface
06:59

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!

Preview 5 pages

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.

Importing and Saving Files
07:29

Some value added tips that will save you time when working inside of Meshmixer.

Overview of View Modes...How to Best See Your Model
05:01
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Evaluating and Fixing Downloads from Online Sites
8 Lectures 43:20

A video tour of some quality websites to find and download 3D models online.

Places to Find Models Online
07:09

Models you find online many times aren't perfect and have errors. This video shows how to evaluate your downloaded models for common errors.

Typical Errors Found in Online Models
09:48

Meshmixer has some good tools that many times will repair a model with only a few clicks.

Using Meshmixer's Automated Fixing Techniques
07:04

But sometimes, the automated tools aren't enough, and you need to remesh problem areas.

When Automated Fixing Isn't Enough: Remeshing
04:43

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.

Another Technique for Fixing Models: Bridging
04:57

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.

Fixing Models Using the Powerful "Make Solid" Command
04:37

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.

Your Last Resort: Remodeling Using Meshmixer's Tools
04:03
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Working with Multiple Objects in Meshmixer
17 Lectures 01:33:16

An overview of how Meshmixer treats separated bodies in 3D space.

What are Separate Bodies in Meshmixer?
04:22

An introduction to Booleans and how the presence of separate disconnected bodies affects exporting those files for 3D printing.

Why do Separate Bodies Matter? Booleans and Exporting
03:04

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.

Overview of the Object Browser
05:28

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.

Booleans Revisited and Defined
07:09

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 Union Changing Sizes
05:22

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.

Boolean Union Success via Remeshing
07:03

This video helps you understand how objects are positioned in 3D space, as well as how to move objects reliably.

Understanding World and Local Coordinate Systems
06:25

Aligning objects is very useful, but not initially obvious in Meshmixer.

To Be Exact: Aligning Objects
06:46

Sometimes you want to select and manipulate multiple areas of a single mesh body all at once.

Select Everywhere: Shared and Non-Shared Frame
03:32

When working with multiple objects, you can turn on the "magnet" and use tools as attraction targets to create form-fitting shapes, and more!

Using Attraction and Repulsion
08:54

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.

Using Measurement Tools to Analyze Objects
06:36


Meshmixer is not the only tool out there...this video shows other options you can investigate.

Overview of the CAD Landscape
04:01

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.

What CAD Tools are the Best to Use?
07:07

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 Tools: Compare and Contrast
07:34

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.

Using CAD Models in Meshmixer
06:41
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Sculpting with Digital Clay
17 Lectures 01:55:44

Inspiration is Everywhere!
05:09

Other Tools on the Market for Sculpting and Modeling
10:31

Basic Overview of Sculpting Tools
07:12

Sculpting Tool Modifiers
09:21

What is Meshmixing? (the whole program is named after this!)
04:54

More Advanced Meshmixing
12:01

What About Adding Color?
08:18

How Shaders Affect Modeling
03:22

Common Modeling Problems: Self Intersections and Normals
04:44

Using the Make Solid Tool to Fix Everything
06:40

Why Face Groups are Your Best Friend
06:20

Transform! (Or, more rightly: Using the Transform tools)
06:23

Using Shapes to Influence Other Shapes
11:25

Using the Attract Brushes
08:06

Don't Be Constrained With What the World Tells You Can Be Done
05:05

3D Printing Considerations
05:02
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Meshmixer's Support Structure Generation for 3D Printing
8 Lectures 56:26

Why Not Use Your Slicer to Generate Support Structures?
04:01

Optionally Preparing Your Model via Reduction
08:35

Evaluating Model Orientation
06:27

Starting Support Structure Generation Tips
10:07

Editing Supports In-Tool
10:32

Convert to Solid and Exporting
10:16

Multiple Support Iteration
05:13
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Creating and Fixing 3D Scans
11 Lectures 01:00:05


Things to Look for When First Loading Up Your 3D Scan
06:03

Is Your Scan Printable?
02:44

Fixing Easy Printability Problems
04:34

Fixing Difficult 3D Scan Problems: Starting Off
17:10

Fixing Difficult 3D Scan Problems: Starting with Cleanup
02:07

Fixing Difficult 3D Scan Problems: Hole Filling
06:44

Fixing Difficult 3D Scan Problems: Thickening
04:16

Final Steps for Printability
03:28

Service Bureaus for Color Printing
05:02
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Creating a 3D Model from a Photograph
6 Lectures 13:59

Downloading GIMP for editing the photo.
01:17

How to crop and adjust your photo in GIMP for use in Meshmixer.
04:33

Importing Your Photo as a Stencil into Meshmixer
01:00

Preparing Your Mesh for Best Stencil Results
01:55

Applying the Stencil: Stencil Strength and Inversing
04:39
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Targeted Videos Collection
90 Lectures 09:15:17

How do I create dual-extruder models the easy way?
06:06

How do I create dual-extruder models the more advanced way?
13:34

How do I cut and fix holes?
15:37

How do I flatten something?
12:09

How do I measure my model?
10:16

How do I fix my non-manifold model?
17:39

How can I create sharp features?
11:07

When do I use Volume Sculpt compared to Surface Sculpt?
04:37

How do I pattern the surface of my model?
12:33

How do I use facegroups?
06:41

How do I select certain things on my mesh?
07:50

What are some useful shortcuts?
07:28

Why do my CAD models go crazy when I edit them in Meshmixer?
12:25

Depth
02:03

Falloff
02:41

Lazyness
02:33

Strength
02:03

Flow
01:57

Symmetry
02:37

Size
03:32

Volumetric
02:42

Symsnap
02:45

Refinement
05:25

Smooth Brushes (Robust, Shrink, Bubble)
08:00

Attract
04:34

Paint Vertex
05:03

Spikes
02:38

Move
01:48

Pinch
03:04

Inflate
04:10

Flatten
02:55

Draw (+ and ++)
05:21

Drag
03:10

Zipper
05:09

Draw (+, ++, and +++)
05:13

Inflate
02:07

Smooth (Shrink and Bubble)
04:46

Smooth Color
03:40

Stencils
04:55

Mirror
01:51

Duplicate
01:11

Transform
05:20

Align
06:22

Create Pivot
08:09

Plane Cut
06:31

Close Cracks
01:42

Generate Face Groups
04:15

Make Solid
05:55

Hollow
06:42

Make Pattern
18:45

Make Slices
03:43

Separate Shells
04:57

Add Tube
06:09

Inspector
04:17

Units and Dimensions
04:03

Measure
11:02

Thickness
05:08

Strength
04:23

Stability
04:14

Orientation
07:33

Layout and Packing
04:11

Overhangs
11:28

Slicing
04:21

Shaders
10:30

Select Brushes
03:03

Crease Angle
06:39

Erase and Fill
03:02

Discard
00:46

Reduce
06:38

Remesh
09:44

Extrude
05:44

Extract
03:00

Offset
04:10

Tube Handle
03:00

Bridge
07:13

Join
02:05

Weld Boundaries
04:06

Separate
00:54

Plane Cut
03:43

Attract to Target
04:29

Flip Normals
05:39

Fit Primitive
07:16

Convert To (Open Part, Solid Part, Stamp)
11:03

Deform (Transform, Soft Transform, Smooth, Warp)
14:31

All Select Modification Tools
12:05

Introduction to the kid's course.
01:36

Where to Find Cool Models Online You can Download, Modify, and 3D Print
04:34

Learn how to use Tinkercad.com to easily create objects, and then how to import those objects into Minecraft to amaze your friends!

Tinkercad to Minecraft
17:59

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.

3D Models the Easy Way : Using your cellphone for photogrammetry
06:17
About the Instructor
HoneyPoint3D Online Education
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477 Students
2 Courses
3D Printing and 3D Design Education

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.