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  • Autodesk MeshMixer is rated higher in 1 area: Likelihood to Recommend

Likelihood to Recommend

9.0

MeshMixer

90%
1 Rating
7.3

GrabCAD Workbench

73%
5 Ratings

Support Rating

MeshMixer

N/A
0 Ratings
10.0

GrabCAD Workbench

100%
2 Ratings

Likelihood to Recommend

Autodesk

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.
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GrabCAD

GrabCad Workbench is well suited for group projects, where all my team members can view the designs at the same time, and by integrating it with CAD software like SolidWorks, all my team members can see the live changes in the projects based on the recommendations received. I can also do conversations with my team, which are project-specific, thus reducing time in email and video conferences. For assemblies, I can generate a Bill of materials with a single click. However, there are some drawbacks like every member needs to have an account in order to sync files with everyone, and the platform requires good internet connectivity otherwise file uploading will be time-consuming.
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Pros

Autodesk

  • 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.
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GrabCAD

  • GrabCAD is the source of truth for the files being used
  • GrabCAD is free
  • Easy to use and get started
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Cons

Autodesk

  • 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.
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GrabCAD

  • No live views of parts
  • easy to have 2 people working on the same part with no notification
  • not great with poor connections (time consuming downloads)
  • doesn't have all the CAD tools that other programs offer
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Pricing Details

MeshMixer

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MeshMixer editions and modules pricing
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    Offerings

    Free Trial
    Free/Freemium Version
    Premium Consulting/Integration Services

    Entry-level set up fee?

    No setup fee

    Additional Details

    GrabCAD Workbench

    Starting Price

    Editions & Modules

    GrabCAD Workbench editions and modules pricing
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    Footnotes

      Offerings

      Free Trial
      Free/Freemium Version
      Premium Consulting/Integration Services

      Entry-level set up fee?

      No setup fee

      Additional Details

      Support Rating

      Autodesk

      No answers on this topic

      GrabCAD

      Never needed.
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      Alternatives Considered

      Autodesk

      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.
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      GrabCAD

      It’s the bottom of the barrel.
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      Return on Investment

      Autodesk

      • 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
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      GrabCAD

      • GrabCad Workbench is the best in terms of integration with other CAD software like SolidWorks where live changes can be made to a product.
      • GrabCad Workbench has a common parts library, which allows us to use repetitive parts without redesigning them again and again. Hence saving a lot of time.
      • I can do all the conversations in the file itself, reducing time in email and other modes.
      • It automatically generates BOM for my assembly files.
      • It tracks versions, all the files are updated automatically for all members once a new version is created.
      • It would be good if it can be updated to read drawing and sketch files.
      • The team needs to improve the stability of the platform.
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