Meshmixer is a small but powerful tool for 3D printing, including generating supports for printable models. Find out all you need to know about Meshmixer supports in this mini-tutorial.
Meshmixer is somewhat unique among other CAD or 3D printing programs. Instead of parametric modeling, Meshmixer uses a sculpting environment where you start with a base shape and build from there.
There are several brushes, such as pinch, flatten, or inflate, that sculpt with different effects. Each brush can be customized for size, strength, and many other options. Compared to more advanced sculpting tools like Blender or ZBrush, though, Meshmixer just covers the essentials.
Instead, Meshmixer is most useful for editing, analyzing, and processing models before 3D printing. It’s also great for combining different models into one. That’s why it’s often called the ‘Photoshop of 3D printing’.
Unlike most slicers, which default to lattice-type supports, Meshmixer only generates tree-type supports. Many prefer these supports because they’re ultra-customizable, material efficient, and well-optimized for 3D printing.
Let’s take a look at how to generate them!
If you already have Meshmixer, skip ahead.
If you don’t, click here to download whichever version you prefer. It’s totally free for both Windows and Mac and has a very straightforward installation.
Here’s a quick and easy guide to generating Meshmixer supports:
That’s it! The beauty of Meshmixer is that you can spend 10 seconds or 10 minutes on generating supports; there are so many things you can customize and tweak. Read on to learn more.
There are lots of different settings in the overhangs panel to customize your supports. Here are some of the most useful:
Once supports are generated (but before you hit Done on the overhang panel) you can edit supports individually:
Armed with this knowledge, you’ll be able to generate perfect tree supports for your models. Like a pro.
License: The text of "Meshmixer Supports – How to Generate Supports with Meshmixer" by All3DP is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License.
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