Microsoft getting into the 3d Printing game.. Netabb?

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Microsoft getting into the 3d Printing game.. Netabb?

Postby danman78 » 2014-Nov-Fri-11-Nov

Searched google for the best online STL fixer.. I had used netfabb but now there is a Microsoft site that is "Powered by Netfabb"?

https://netfabb.azurewebsites.net/
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Re: Microsoft getting into the 3d Printing game.. Netabb?

Postby DonaldJ » 2014-Nov-Fri-13-Nov

Don't forget MeshMixer (free download). I've used it to repair files that Netfabb couldn't fix.
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Re: Microsoft getting into the 3d Printing game.. Netabb?

Postby Mooselake » 2014-Nov-Fri-13-Nov

Sounds more like a marketing tie-in for Azureweb (there's been some reports that it's not as successful as planned), and a way to pick up a few bucks (well, probably marks) for a free service, rather than a new Microsoft endeavor. Kinda like those crappy toolbars (lifehacker likes this to block them; thinking about trying it) that come along with Java and other "free" downloads.

Don't forget Meshlab either. Besides mesh repair it will let you shrink the number of triangles and do some other cleanup. I've had mostly good results; while it usually works fine sometimes you'll end up with a pretty gonzoed file, so be careful to inspect the result before using it. That said, it's very good at taking stls that have been created with a way too small resolution (and massive file size), and shrinking them to something with a much more reasonable slice time and file size.

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Re: Microsoft getting into the 3d Printing game.. Netabb?

Postby orangefurball » 2014-Nov-Sat-05-Nov

Microsoft has always been pretty into the 3D printing world. Pretty early on they added support to Windows 8 for some printers. Also check out their Thingiverse page. They have some good trinkets and some Minecraft stuff. Perfect as stocking stuffers and small gifts for the coming holiday season.
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