3D Printing Tutorial : Meshmixer
Design a 3D printable model
Getting started and setting the units
Making a 3D model printable
The volume intersection must be removed in order to make your 3D model printable. To do so, use the “Make Solid” tool found in the “Edit” tab.The “Make Solid” tool creates a clean, filled volume without internal geometry. It allows you to adjust the mesh resolution and your 3D model’s resolution quality to get a smooth, clean surface. You can also adjust the thickness of your 3D model. Do not forget to click “Update” in order to view these adjustments on your 3D model. To learn more about the specific features of materials (minimal thicknesses, maximum sizes, etc.), please consult our materials pages and their modeling guides.
Resize your 3D model
Before resizing your model, you must ensure that the component elements of your 3D model are combined. In the “Object Browser” window, select the different elements then click on “Combine” in the “Edit” tab.You can now resize your 3D model: on the “Analysis” tab, click on “Units/Dimensions”.
Applying a texture to your 3D model
Analyzing and exporting your 3D file
Analyze a 3D file
In the “Analysis” tab, click on “Inspector”. This tool allows you to analyze your 3D model and to detect problems with your file. It enables you to correct any defects with your 3D model, as described in the “Make sure your 3D model is closed” paragraph of this tutorial.