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  • Vectorworks Landmark is rated higher in 1 area: Likelihood to Recommend

Likelihood to Recommend

9.0

MeshMixer

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Vectorworks Landmark

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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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Vectorworks, Inc.

Vectorworks is just as useful for perfectly measured, hard-line CAD drawing as it is for making beautiful presentation drawings and renderings. Tools in the application allow you to transition between working drawings and presentation drawings without modifying the underlying geometry. DWG exchange with other design team members works very well
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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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Vectorworks, Inc.

  • I tell people that Vectorworks is CAD for people who know how to draw. You can control the appearance of all the objects on a layer, or you can tweak the way a single object looks. Most of the barriers to producing good-looking, legible drawings are removed.
  • Vectorworks Landmark is made for landscape architects.Creating hardscape, planting, and irrigation plans is pretty straightforward.
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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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Vectorworks, Inc.

  • There's a bit of inconsistency in the operation of some tools that would appear to the user to be more similar.
  • Importing complex Revit models takes a long time and, if the model has a lot of symbols in it, the import might not finish.
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Pricing Details

MeshMixer

Starting Price

Editions & Modules

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

    Vectorworks Landmark

    Starting Price

    $153 per month

    Editions & Modules

    Vectorworks Landmark editions and modules pricing
    EditionModules
    Subscription (monthly)$1531
    Subscription (yearly)$1282

    Footnotes

    1. per month
    2. per month

    Offerings

    Free Trial
    Free/Freemium Version
    Premium Consulting/Integration Services

    Entry-level set up fee?

    Optional

    Additional Details

    $153: Pay only for what you need, 2 GB of cloud storage, Basic tech support, Immediate access to new versions $128: $1530 billed annually | Save $306, Pay only for what you need, 2 GB of cloud storage, Basic tech support, Immediate access to new versions

    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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    Vectorworks, Inc.

    I was an AutoCAD user before switching to Vectorworks when coming to work with my current firm. Vectorworks Landmark includes tools specifically designed for landscape architects - it's not an AutoCAD add-on. The initial investment for a new seat is much less than AutoCAD, and the Service Select program pushes down the annual upgrade cost even more
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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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    Vectorworks, Inc.

    • There is a learning curve for new employees, as regionally Vectorworks is not in wide use and generally not introduced in the academies
    • However, because it is more intuitive as far as WYSIWYG drawing, most people pick up the basics pretty quickly.
    • It's a really powerful suite of tools. Sometimes it's good to spend some time afforded by a larger project to explore ways to use the software more efficiently (e.g., improving worksheets, using different smart object tools, etc.)
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