3D Printing With Meshmixer: A Beginner-friendly Introduction to 3D Sculpting and Combining Meshes


Meshmixer is a free 3D sculpting-based CAD (Computer Assisted Design) program created by Autodesk as part of their “123D” software line. Autodesk is best known for releasing premium-rate professional-grade software like Maya and 3Ds Max, and their “123D” free line can be seen as a simpler, beginner-friendly version of those professional programs.

This guide covers how Autodesk Meshmixer can be used to intuitively sculpt designs, hollow them out, cut them apart, and combine parts together without wrecking your mesh’s internal or external geometry. It also covers how to prepare your design for 3D printing.

Read on for i.materialise’s official Meshmixer how-to guide (courtesy of your Community Manager)! Read more…

Who Are (Y)our 3D Printing Programmers and Engineers?


3D printers and printing service websites cannot run without programmers and engineers. They provide the crucial link between human needs and machine capabilities, and make it possible to use use our API, order from our website, and ship orders across the world.

What does an engineer or a programmer look like in the 3D printing field? And what do they do for Materialise and i.materialise?

Part of our engineering team resides in the Ukrainian capital city of Kiev, and we have your “sneak peak” into their lives. They code, program, use software, and help refine 3D printing-related technology that we will use for years to come. Here is a look into their work and life in Kiev.

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The Secret Sensuality of Trees: Michael Winstone’s Globe-trekking Race to Scan and 3D Print Trees Lost to Deforestation

Header image of Michael Winstone, a designer who scans and 3D prints giant tree sculptures using Materialise's Magics software.

For the past 20 years, Michael Winstone has traveled the world’s forests to scan and 3D print trees that are in danger of being cut down. His work is currently on display in museums, galleries and private displays around the world. His most famous work is 41°40’00’’N.00°54’30’’W, and other permanent public works include “N1-53-32-8:132º42′.34º45′.JA” in Takamiya, Hiroshima, Japan and “IGN.185: iv.269.904, Coto Redondo, Pontevedra, Spain.”

His sculptures feature human-like plant forms and simple fractal elements. These join together to create complex organic-shaped structures that feature “self-similarity” in anatomic texture, body and construction.

Winstone’s 3D printed trees preserves the bark striations and forms of real trees that no longer exist, as well as current trees that may be lost to disease, old age, or ongoing deforestation.

Read on about his life’s work.

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8 Things to Do at Maker Faire New York 2014

Header Image Banner for Maker Faire New York 2014

The 2014 New York Maker Faire, sponsored by Disney, is coming to New York September 20th and 21st. The i.materialise outreach team will be there, and we’ve compiled our top eight must-see parts of the Faire!

We also have free tickets to give away! To enter to win your free Maker Faire New York ticket, comment on this entry telling us what why you want a free ticket! This ticket has a value of over $40, and cannot be resold. [UPDATE: WE HAVE NO MORE FREE TICKETS LEFT! A VERY WARM THANK YOU TO EVERYONE WHO WROTE IN!]

The i.materialise outreach team will be there to greet all winners, and give you a free i.materialise goodie bag (while supplies last.) If you didn’t win, we still have some goodies for you.

Read on for details about the eight must-see exhibits of the world’s greatest “show and tell.”

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Honda Team Awarded a 3D Printed Trophy as Champions of the Inaugural FabCafe Mini 4WD Cup

i.materialise 3D Prints Trophies at Mini 4WD Championships

Organized by FabCafe Shibuya, a Mini 4WD Cup was held on Sunday, August 31 in Tokyo. More than 60 mini 4WD fans, including children and professional car designers, gathered at Kashiwanoha KOIL to race their miniature cars customized by 3D Printers and laser cutters. After three tournaments, the trophy – 3D Printed through i.materialise – was awarded to the grand champion, Honda Design. Here are some highlights of the event from the i.materialise Japan team! 

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Free 3D Printable iPhone 6 Template Cover Shell Case Now on Thingiverse!

Free iphone6 3D printable .STL file header image. This header is for our article about our free downloadable custom iPhone 6 protective shell casing! The article features the Goalie Version, Chainmail Armor version, and Bicycle Mount version.

Breaking news!

Apple just officially announced the iPhone 6, and we have your free iPhone 6 Template .STL file ready to go!

Click here to download the .STL file from Thingiverse.

Read on for pictures and details! This file is free for all to use.

Update: We created and successfully printed all three different templates. They are: Chainmail armor, Goalie Net, and Bicycle Mount.

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Source Firenze: Italy’s Free Design Exhibition in Florence Will Feature AmniosyA, .MGX, and Many More 3D Design Artists!

Source Firenze Design Exhibition in Florence, Italy

Source Firenze is a free Italian design exhibition coming to Florence (i.e. Firenze) area from September 11, 2014 to September 18, 2014. It takes place at the Limonaia Villa Strozzi of Florence (directions here), managed by the cultural association Officine Creative.

This Florence exhibition features 40 self-made designers, including the 2013 “i.materialise Designer of the Year” award-winner AmniosyA. It also includes activities for children, conferences, speakers and workshops. The event strives to provide attendees with new production techniques, business contacts, funding sources and inspiration.

Participation is free. Read on for details.

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2014 Highlights and Wrap-up for the London 3D Printshow!

Header Picture from the 2014 London 3D Printshow featuring a gentleman and a lady in her early 20s playing with the 3D printed race cards on our slot car track

The 2014 London 3D Printshow ended late last weekend as one of the biggest 3D printing events of the year. Now in its third official showing, the event was almost twice as large as last year’s, and sets a high bar for the Printshow’s global expansion.

The i.materialise Community Outreach team has your inside sneak peek! For those of you who couldn’t attend, here are some photos, highlights, and a few of our favorite moments. Additional photos are on our Facebook page.

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Mix-a-Monster Challenge: Create a Monster in Meshmixer and enter to win a Free Multicolor Gloss Print Plus a Premium 123D License!

Autodesk and i.materialise multicolor gloss Meshmixer Challenge Header

Release the monster inside you! Use Autodesk’s free Meshmixer software to create and combine designs until you have a splendid new creature or crossbreed ready to show the world.

What is your monster like? Is it cute? Scary? Shy? Menacing? Show us! Upload your designs on our Challenge Page. Winners of the Mix-a-Monster challenge will receive a free multicolor gloss 3D print of their monster and a free Autodesk 123D Premium license.

Challenge ends on October 29, 2014! Read on for rules, special hints, and details. Read more…

We’re Set to Premiere New Multicolor Gloss Material and Free Software Talk at the London 3D Printshow!

i.materialise will attend the 2014 3D Printshow in London! Rebecca Roxy Maas will give two presentations, and we will have freebies on-hand!

London’s calling, and the i.materialise team is set to attend the 2014 London 3D Printshow starting on September 04, 2014!

Our Community Manager will give two talks, and our outreach team is bringing along a hoard of 3D printed goodies for our booth (Booth D2.) Our two talks are:

More importantly, we are all set to reveal our radiant new material at our booth: Multicolor Gloss.

Read on for directions, details, and more information about the goodies we’re bringing along.

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