3D Printing Tools
3ds Max often plays a role in the bridge between architecture, 3d design, and visualizations. 3d printing/prototyping is becoming more popular for communicating 3d designs and I think 3ds Max could benefit from some basic tools, similar to those in MeshMixer.
- Mesh analysis tools to highlight printing issues (overhangs greater than user-specified threshold, holes in mesh, etc.)
- Tools to generate supports both automatically and manually
Just to play devil's advocate for a second, the fact that MAX has the STL check modifier puts it miles ahead of other 3D programs that I've tried to use for 3D printing.
Thanks. I had seen MeshMixer and 123D, but I'll experiment with Memento and Miller (if they're still available). MeshMixer's support structures are useful, but their generation and fine tuning leaves much to be desired (for example, they don't work well with bases and the overlapping meshes can cause issues with slicing/printing).
I think leveraging 3ds Max's modeling tools would allow for finer tuning when it comes to creation of support structure and fixing issues with models.
AdminMartin B (Admin, Autodesk) commented
Keep in mind that there are other Autodesk tools that help in preparing data for 3D printing:
Autodesk MeshMixer: http://www.meshmixer.com/
Autodesk 123D: http://www.123dapp.com/about3d
Project Memento: http://labs.autodesk.com/utilities/memento/
Project Miller: http://labs.autodesk.com/utilities/miller/