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Super simple, always watertight, 3D modeling mashup tool for meshes, designed for painless and direct 3D printing.

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MeshUp is the first real volume modeler for meshes. We want to make life easier for 3D printing and for creators. At Uformia we envision a very different experience for users, where without effort, a creator can be sure that their models are always ready for 3D printing.

Features

There are many features in MeshUp, but four of the most powerful and interesting are:

1) Mesh mixing

Mixing two meshes
Mixing two meshes

Create new objects by remixing any number of meshes and parts of meshes, or combining meshes with native MeshUp or Symvol models, without having to worry about vertices and polygons (see below for a description of Symvol).

2) Shelling and Microstructure

Make a one or two-sided shell volume, then combine it with microstructures to create lightweight yet structural object for 3D printing.  This shelling feature also means that you can convert ANY mesh into a volume - even meshes that do not represent any kind of solid object (a.k.a. polygon soup).

Teabunny: shelled and filled with microstructure
Teabunny: shelled and filled with microstructure

3) STL and Mesh Repair

Repair holes and other defects with your meshes either to prep your model for 3D printing, or to make it easier to convert the mesh into a volume object. Choose between a typical flat repair or the new rounded repair from Uformia, that acts more like smooth putty or clay when fixing a model.

Mesh repair in action
Mesh repair in action

4) Direct Fabrication and 3D Printing

Output watertight STL files, or even better take advantage of direct manufacturing by using vector or image slice data at the resolution of the 3D printer.  Currently not all printers take direct slice data, but we are working with manufacturers to allow for direct heterogeneous fabrication - letting designers do things that are currently not possible, due to the limitations with STL.

Image slice data from a mesh mixed model.
Image slice data from a mesh mixed model.

3D Printing and Current Polygon Modelers

CG artists and designers know very well the limitations and tediousness of modeling with polygons. Mesh models tend to have all kinds of problems such as cracks, holes and self-intersections. This is due to a disconnect between the real world being represented and the modeling software's attempts to represent real, volumetric, complex and “messy” objects by only surfaces.  How does a polygon modeler create digital dirt and goo such as this? 

Minotaur Head with Lamella: co-creation between Neri Oxman, Uformia and others
Minotaur Head with Lamella: co-creation between Neri Oxman, Uformia and others

Technology Difference

MeshUp allows users and 3D printers to fabricate directly without the need for the complex, multistage fixing process. Every object in Uformia's system is a true 3D volume (not voxels or parametric surfaces), because the software reduces each object to a mathematical function.  This results in the ability to accurately represent real objects inside and out, opening up a wide range of new, innovative features and solutions for the 3D design space. It means we can re-imagine design, where for the first time humans can explicitly create complex objects at the scale and quality of nature.

In the future, we plan to add new features to MeshUp for assigning material properties to your objects.

Real Volume Modeling Example

The best way to understand what real volume modeling means is to look at some examples of the change in the approach and process. The Teabunny pictured below, is a combination of two iconic models in CG, the Stanford Bunny and  the Utah Teapot. Both polygonal models are automatically converted to functional volumes. This conversion can even make use of bad or broken mesh data. At this point they are first class volumes than can be modeled like any native volume in the system. After converting them to volumes it is very simple for a user to create a union relationship between the two models that can include a blending property. Once this union is created, the objects can be modified and will still maintain the union and blending properties applied, which can also be changed at any moment. This makes for a very dynamic, painless and playful modeling experience. The Teapot can simply be moved to another part of the Bunny and the two maintain a union and any blending applied while keeping the resulting model watertight at all times.

Teabunny, fresh off the printer
Teabunny, fresh off the printer


This example, while simple, illustrates the painless incorporation of existing data and of some of the fundamental changes in store for the 3D design process.

Using real volumes puts a focus on what you want to model and not how it is being modeled allowing many more individuals to participate in 3D design and printing as well as the creation of new easy to use interfaces.

What is the difference between MeshUp and Symvol for Rhino?

MeshUp is a stand alone application.  Our current product is called Symvol for Rhino, which is a plugin to the existing modeling package Rhinoceros.  This plugin does offer much of the same features as MeshUp, the difference is you must have a copy of Rhino to use Symvol for Rhino.

Symvol for Rhino
Symvol for Rhino


Both these products are based our own completely new geometric API, called Symvol.  Symvol is what drives all our products, both now and in the future.  Symvol for Rhino and MeshUp are just the beginning of the feature possibilities of our API.  Expect more exciting products to be released in the near future.

Open Framework

As a company that has built its technology on the backs of giants and over many years of joint research, Uformia plans follow what is often called an ID Software model and open source all older versions of MeshUp as newer versions of MeshUp are released. This will not only be good for developers and designers, but good for the growth and development of Symvol and Uformia.

Hardware Requirements

Minimal requirements

  • Dual-core processor, 3.0 GHz
  • 3 GB RAM
  • 25 MB free disk space for installation
  • 1,024 x 768 display or higher
  • High color (16 bit) graphics card

 
Recommended requirements

  • 2 quad-core processors, 3.0 GHz
  • 6 GB RAM
  • 25 MB free disk space for installation
  • 1,024 x 768 display or higher
  • High color (16 bit) graphics card

What do the customized object rewards look like?

Personalized ceramic coffee cup: using 3D face scan data to generate as many faces as you want!
Personalized ceramic coffee cup: using 3D face scan data to generate as many faces as you want!
Teabunny in blue
Teabunny in blue
Northern lights outside of Tromsø, Norway
Northern lights outside of Tromsø, Norway
Anyone for ice caving in Svalbard?
Anyone for ice caving in Svalbard?

Thank you

  • anopenscroll for the songs: "Sunshine in the Rain" and "The Breeze".
  • Intek Lyngen, the best business incubator.
  • The village of Furuflaten.
  • The giants whose backs Uformia's technology stands on.  You know who you are Golden 7!

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SPEED
We are computationally intensive. This means our system can be slow for complex objects, if you do not have a multi-core computer. Understanding speed is important to our users, especially since we would like to allow MeshUp to run on mobile devices, we are developing the following solutions: 1) GPU acceleration 2) cloud computation. Cloud computation is already in place and will be available for MeshUp users and will allow us to target mobile devices.

TEAM
We are in the process of expanding our team to complete MeshUp. Of course, growing a team is never a simple task. Any successful 3D software company must carefully build the right team of programmers who are skilled in geometric 3D modeling. Thankfully from our years in the industry, we have a network to draw from. In the near future we will be establishing a tech base, likely in the US, where it will be possible to expand the team to meet our development needs. (Anyone dreaming of the 90s? http://vimeo.com/36293215)

DISTRIBUTION
As a young startup, one of our challenges will be to find the right channels and partners to communicate with potential customers. As many on our team were part of the 3D printing industry pre-Uformia, we have a good idea of where to go and how to go about it. We also are building a strong network to advise us along the way.

FAQ

  • Yes! MeshUp is being developed for Mac, Linux and Windows.

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  • We are still working on MeshUp and focusing on performance, so while these requirements will not get stronger, we are working to lower them. Keep in mind that we will be offering cloud computation -- more on that as it is finalized. We also maybe releasing a version for GPU.

    PC Minimal Requirements
    Dual-core processor, 3.0 GHz
    3 GB RAM
    25 MB free disk space for installation
    1,024 x 768 display or higher
    High color (16 bit) graphics card

    PC Recommended Requirements
    2 quad-core processors, 3.0 GHz
    6 GB RAM
    25 MB free disk space for installation
    1,024 x 768 display or higher
    High color (16 bit) graphics card

    Mac OS Requirements
    Multi-core Intel processor
    3-6 GB RAM
    25 MB free disk space for installation

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  • We are working to get direct fabrication work flows from MeshUp integrated with as many hardware platforms as possible. If there is a target hardware platform desired - please let us hear from you which one.

    The #1 slice format is SLC, which is a vector format. We are still compiling the exact model names and numbers of which printers will take vector slices in the SLC format, which we will output from MeshUp (in addition to CLI and image stacks).

    Here is the rough state of companies/printer that can already take SLC and/or direct output from MeshUp:

    * many of Objet printers such as the Eden and Connex line
    * higher end 3D Systems printers such as the Viper or Projet
    * all Solidscape printers
    * we are currently working with Ultimater, MakerBot and other "home" 3D printers to deliver SLC and even G-code

    In addition to SLC, we will also export CLI, (another vector slice format) and image stacks. Image stacks and CLI formats can be used by very few machines, which is particularly unfortunate in the case of image stacks because MeshUp could directly drive very complex fabrication on raster based machines such as those from Objet or EnvisionTEC.

    Our CTO is also part of the ASTM and ISO standard bodies for Additive Manufacturing (AM) which has recently certified AMF (sometimes called STL2) and is actively working to get lower level formats certified that speak more directly to AM hardware.

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  • We have not set the final price yet for MeshUp but it will be over $200. Choose our $100 incentive to get a copy of MeshUp at a great discount!

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  • We will send you an email with a unique URL code to download your product. We do not plan to offer box copies of MeshUp.

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  • Yes.

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