Autodesk MeshMixer vs. National Instruments LabVIEW

Overview
ProductRatingMost Used ByProduct SummaryStarting Price
MeshMixer
Score 7.9 out of 10
N/A
MeshMixer is a 3D design and modeling tool for 3D printing or scanning, supported by Autodesk (acquired 2011). While not discontinued, the product will not receive updates and Autodesk states they intend to include all functionality in updates of Fusion 360.N/A
LabVIEW
Score 9.0 out of 10
N/A
National Instruments headquartered in Austin offers LabVIEW, a systems engineering software platform and toolkit.
$407
per year
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LabView Base
$407
per year
LabView Full
3,206
per year
LabView Professional
5,344
per year
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MeshMixerLabVIEW
Free Trial
NoNo
Free/Freemium Version
NoNo
Premium Consulting/Integration Services
NoNo
Entry-level Setup FeeNo setup feeNo setup fee
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Computer-Aided Design Software
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Autodesk MeshMixer
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National Instruments LabVIEW
8.0
1 Ratings
26% above category average
Rendering and Visualization00 Ratings8.01 Ratings
Parametric Design00 Ratings8.01 Ratings
Collaboration and Sharing00 Ratings6.01 Ratings
Compatibility with other software and formats00 Ratings6.01 Ratings
Assembly Design00 Ratings6.01 Ratings
Simulation and Analysis00 Ratings10.01 Ratings
Documentation and Annotation00 Ratings10.01 Ratings
Customization and Extensions00 Ratings10.01 Ratings
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User Testimonials
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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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NI (National Instruments)
LabView is a great tool to connect your sensors to your data aquisition hardware. It makes it really easy to set-up a data acquisition routine that meets your individual requirements. I, as an engine researcher, find it very well suited for engine experimentation. For any other programming needs, i.e. not data acquisition, I would not recommend using LabView because of its graphical programming architecture. The architecture makes it a great tool for Data Aquisition but puts at a disadvantage when it comes to other computational tasks, e.g. making a thermodynamic engine model. For those applications having text-based programming is better suited
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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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NI (National Instruments)
  • Being a graphical programming language, it is a little easier for a layperson to understand than text based programming languages.
  • The program has very good debugging features.
  • Support is good.
  • There are a variety of tutorials which make it easier to do something that you aren't sure about.
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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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NI (National Instruments)
  • improve the management of pc resources to use the minimum amount of resources
  • add a utility for zooming in the block diagram window
  • Improve management of complementary applications, such as real time module or dsc
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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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NI (National Instruments)
We chose LabVIEW over MATLAB due to the integration with hardware and the graphical programming interface. Also, the ability to use LabVIEW with FPGAs and real-time processors without having to make large changes to the code base or swapping to a separate programming environment was a big benefit since we don't know what hardware will be suitable for each customer application.
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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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NI (National Instruments)
  • We use NI's data acquisition hardware as well which has made it possible to get whatever experimental data we need to get for our studies.
  • LabView has made it possible for us to post-process and tailor the raw data to our specific needs.
  • With a responsive customer support team, NI allows us to expand our data acquisition and post-processing capabilities to carry out the kind of research projects that we would want.
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