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Old 28th February 2014, 06:44 AM   #1
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Default AC3D 7.2 Out Now!

Edymnion’s 3D Printed Tardis – see on the AC3D forum

AC3D and 3D printing
More and more people are discovering that AC3D works well both creating and managing models for 3D printing and is a great alternative to large, complicated and expensive 3D CAD programs. STL is the most common file format used in 3D printing and AC3D 7.2 supports both ASCII and Binary STL files. Models from STL files are automatically optimized at import (duplicate vertices at the same position are replaced by a single vertex).

AC3D’s new STL support means that you can directly preview and edit the STL files from 3D printing download sites such as Thingiverse. AC3D 7.2 also includes Ron Jensen’s plugin for checking the integrity of an object prior to 3D printing. The plugin checks for holes and open edges, selecting surfaces that are at the edge of the ‘leaks’. This new function is available from the Tools menu as “Select Leaky Surfaces”.

See how Ranchoth created his (slightly grisly) custom-sculpted game piece based partly on a real life object, assembled in AC3D and then printed in 3D, on the AC3D forum.

Drag and Drop geometry and texture files
(Windows/Linux) You can now take a model from your desktop, or a Windows-Explorer/file-browser window and drop it straight into AC3D. Supported texture files e.g. jpg, gif, png etc. can be dropped directly onto an object so you can instantly see the texture in place. This is great when you have a folder/library of objects/textures and you quickly want to load them in AC3D.

Enhanced Hierarchy
Some improvements have been made to the Tool->Hierarchy. Groups can now be drag/dropped to adjust the ordering and newly grouped objects retain the ordering – especially useful if you are editing large structures.

Other changes include compatibility improvements and general bug fixes.

AC3D 7.2 is available for Windows, Linux and Mac OS X (Intel) – DOWNLOAD NOW

License Upgrades

AC3D 7.2 is free if you purchased AC3D after the end of November 2012. Simply download and install it. If you purchased before that time, AC3D will let you know. Please visit the Upgrade Center to purchase a new discounted license for AC3D.


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