[Originally posted: 26 October 2012. Scroll down for updates.]
Ryan Schmidt has released an update to meshmixer, his intuitive free modelling and vertex painting package.
The software, which was acquired by Autodesk last year, modifies and ‘Frankensteins’ existing meshes together to create “crazy-ass 3D stuff”.
Face groups, Booleans and brushes
New features in meshmixer08 include support for face groups, improved Booleans, and new Convert to Polygon and Stamp tools, the latter to insert polygons into surfaces.
The brushes have also been overhauled, with several new options and a new Attract to Target brush to pull a surface towards a target. There are also a range of minor changes, which you can find listed via the link below.
Bonus points are awarded for releasing a demo video showing a bunny being fitted with a superhero cape.
meshmixer08 is available now for Windows and Mac OS X 10.6 and above (64-bit only).
Updated 28 January 2013: Ryan Schmidt has released another meshmixer update (you can see the new features video above), but since it’s still officially release 08, we’ve included it here.
New features this time round include more precise rotation and snapping options and a rather nice feature to assess whether your model will stand up on its own when 3D printed.
Read more about meshixer08 (Includes download link)