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MeshMixer

Autodesk MeshMixer is best for repairing STL files and basic modifications toward 3D printing. It is excellent for hollowing out models and adding escape holes for SLA printing or lost-wax casting. Its CSG (Boolean) functions to combine different meshes are good too and seldom cause the program to crash. There is even an integrated algorithm to optimize the layout of multiple files on a print bed in case of small-batch production. Autodesk MeshMixer's sculpting tools are there yet limited and there are a few better alternatives. Best of all, it is completely free.
Ralph Zoontjens | TrustRadius Reviewer

GrabCAD Workbench

GrabCAD Workbench is great because you can have access to your file from everywhere. You can share it with your team and they can do everything in this platform, such as view, leave comments about the file, modifying etc. although they need to have an account to be in it.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Pros

MeshMixer

  • Auto-repair function works fast, and if it does not completely cover all problem areas, manual fixes will work 99.5% of the time.
  • Remeshing algorithm is fairly slow but does a wonderful job in creating meshes with homogeneous or adaptive triangulation.
  • It contains a comprehensive set of tools to optimize and prepare STL files for 3D printing, such as hollowing and support generation.
Ralph Zoontjens | TrustRadius Reviewer

GrabCAD Workbench

  • GrabCad is great at uploading files to the cloud.
Robert Erickson | TrustRadius Reviewer

Cons

MeshMixer

  • The remeshing tool needs to be faster, as in some cases it takes up to a day of waiting time.
  • The sculpting tools need the addition of a proper brush for creating sharp creases and ridges.
  • The standard shape library is rather limited. It would be nice to have this connected to online repositories such as Thingiverse, MyMiniFactory, or Cults3D.
Ralph Zoontjens | TrustRadius Reviewer

GrabCAD Workbench

  • The software is not intuitive.
  • You must have an account to share files.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Support Rating

MeshMixer

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GrabCAD Workbench

GrabCAD Workbench 10.0
Based on 2 answers
Never needed.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Alternatives Considered

MeshMixer

Using Blender for STL file preparation is like swatting a mosquito with a wrecking ball, plus its boolean functionalities can be glitchy.ZBrushCoreMini proved too limiting as a sculpting tool, but so did Autodesk MeshMixer, so I am sticking to Sculptris.Materialise Magics and Netfabb are somewhat better at STL file repair and offer more advanced functionalities. But Magics does not remesh as well and Autodesk MeshMixer is far more compact and faster than Netfabb, so remains my weapon of choice.
Ralph Zoontjens | TrustRadius Reviewer

GrabCAD Workbench

It’s the bottom of the barrel.
Robert Erickson | TrustRadius Reviewer

Return on Investment

MeshMixer

  • It speeds up projects by streamlining the CAD-to-3D-printing workflow
  • As an advanced user, I have written a few tutorials about it as well
Ralph Zoontjens | TrustRadius Reviewer

GrabCAD Workbench

  • It has given peace of mind knowing that if my laptop were to be destroyed I might have the latest versions of my files.
  • Not knowing how to roll back files to older versions has cost time and I’ve had to redo work when I discovered it was complicated.
Robert Erickson | TrustRadius Reviewer

Pricing Details

MeshMixer

General

Free Trial
Free/Freemium Version
Premium Consulting/Integration Services
Entry-level set up fee?
No

GrabCAD Workbench

General

Free Trial
Free/Freemium Version
Premium Consulting/Integration Services
Entry-level set up fee?
No

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