Autodesk Meshmixer

Meshmixer is state-of-the-art software for working with triangle meshes.

Do you need to clean up a 3D scan, do some 3D printing, or design an object that fits something else? Meshmixer can help. Think of it as a sort of “Swiss Army Knife” for 3D meshes.

Features include:

  • Drag-and-Drop Mesh Mixing
  • 3D Sculpting and Surface Stamping
  • Robust Convert-to-Solid for 3D printing
  • 3D Patterns & Lattices
  • Hollowing (with escape holes!)
  • Branching Support Structures for 3D printing
  • Automatic Print Bed Orientation Optimization, Layout & Packing
  • Advanced selection tools including brushing, surface-lasso, and constraints
  • Remeshing and Mesh Simplification/Reducing
  • Mesh Smoothing and Free-Form Deformations
  • Hole Filling, Bridging, Boundary Zippering, and Auto-Repair
  • Plane Cuts, Mirroring, and Booleans
  • Extrusions, Offset Surfaces, and Project-to-Target-Surface
  • Interior Tubes & Channels
  • Precise 3D Positioning with Pivots
  • Automatic Alignment of Surfaces
  • 3D Measurements
  • Stability & Thickness Analysis
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Open source G-code generator for 3D printers.

Slic3r is the tool you need to convert a 3D model into printing instructions for your 3D printer. It cuts the model into horizontal slices (layers), generates toolpaths to fill them and calculates the amount of material to be extruded.

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Ultimaker CURA

At the heart of Ultimaker Cura is its powerful, open-source slicing engine, built through years of expert in-house development and user contributions.

  • Recommended profiles tested for thousands of hours ensure reliable results 
  • ‘Custom mode’ gives over 400 settings for granular control
  • Regular updates constantly improve features and printing experience​
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Blender 3D

Blender is the free and open source 3D creation suite. It supports the entirety of the 3D pipeline—modeling, rigging, animation, simulation, rendering, compositing and motion tracking, even video editing and game creation. Advanced users employ Blender’s API for Python scripting to customize the application and write specialized tools; often these are included in Blender’s future releases. Blender is well suited to individuals and small studios who benefit from its unified pipeline and responsive development process. Examples from many Blender-based projects are available in the showcase.

Blender is cross-platform and runs equally well on Linux, Windows, and Macintosh computers. Its interface uses OpenGL to provide a consistent experience. To confirm specific compatibility, the list of supported platforms indicates those regularly tested by the development team.

As a community-driven project under the GNU General Public License (GPL), the public is empowered to make small and large changes to the code base, which leads to new features, responsive bug fixes, and better usability. Blender has no price tag, but you can invest, participate, and help to advance a powerful collaborative tool: Blender is your own 3D software.

More help is always welcome! From developing and improving Blender to writing documentation, etc, there are a number of different things you can do to get involved.

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OpenSCAD is software for creating solid 3D CAD models. It is free software and available for Linux/UNIX, Windows and Mac OS X. Unlike most free software for creating 3D models (such as Blender) it does not focus on the artistic aspects of 3D modelling but instead on the CAD aspects. Thus it might be the application you are looking for when you are planning to create 3D models of machine parts but pretty sure is not what you are looking for when you are more interested in creating computer-animated movies.

OpenSCAD is not an interactive modeller. Instead it is something like a 3D-compiler that reads in a script file that describes the object and renders the 3D model from this script file. This gives you (the designer) full control over the modelling process and enables you to easily change any step in the modelling process or make designs that are defined by configurable parameters.

OpenSCAD provides two main modelling techniques: First there is constructive solid geometry (aka CSG) and second there is extrusion of 2D outlines. Autocad DXF files can be used as the data exchange format for such 2D outlines. In addition to 2D paths for extrusion it is also possible to read design parameters from DXF files. Besides DXF files OpenSCAD can read and create 3D models in the STL and OFF file formats.

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TSIM (tissue, structure, information, modeling)

It’s starts with an idea! TSIM® Software enables you to turn the idea into a 3D digital model. Enhance the idea through import of patient specific medical images and “what-if“ the idea through TSIM®’s scenario manager and flexible tissue materials library. Quickly 3D print the idea into a physical prototype with the BioAssemblyBot® that can be studied and tested. Fail Fast with a scenario and leverage lessons learned to enhance and improve the idea. The BioAssemblyBot® Technology Platform brings some of the world’s most advanced technology into a set of easy to use tools that enable you to focus on bringing your idea to life. Time is our most precious commodity. BioAssemblyBot® allows you to spend your time advancing ideas, advancing the science and bringing forward tissue applications through a robotic workflow that continues a great tradition of profoundly and positively impacting our world.

Once the 3D model is complete in TSIM®, the data is sent to the BioAssemblyBot® workstation for printing. Utilizing a six-axis robotic arm, the BioAssemblyBot® precisely builds 3D tissue structures and models.

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BioCAD / BioCAM / BioCUT (RegenHU)

RegenHU developed the most intuitive and advanced software  tools to  allow you to turn your ideas into living constructs. Our suite  lets you  design your 3D models layer-by-layer with BioCAD, or slice STL  files  in BioCAM. Personalized constructs can be generated from any  medical  image (DICOM format) using BioCUT. The three applications are   interconnected, and file exchange is done through standard formats.

The  suite was optimized to explore the full potential of the 3D  Discovery  Evolution bioprinter. Plugins for printing in labware or using   electrohydrodynamic technologies are integrated.

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