At the end of 2014, San Francisco startup Mixed Dimensions introduced a new service that immediately got 3D printing enthusiasts excited. MakePrintable offered easy, automated file fixing that would take your flawed 3D models and make them, well, printable, without the time, frustration and effort of manual file repair. All that users needed to do was upload their files to the cloud service, and MakePrintable’s free analysis tool would check the file over and offer statistics on its printability. After a simple configuration process, the service’s algorithms would re-mesh the model to make it suitable for printing.
The service also gives users the option to optimize their files for a particular printer, and offers a list of 3D printing service bureaus if necessary. Users, from casual makers to professionals and businesses, responded with enthusiasm, and according to Mixed Dimensions, MakePrintable has become the world’s largest, fastest and most reliable 3D file repair cloud service within the last 16 months, with a growth rate of 50% month over month. The service’s load speeds have improved by more than 400%, and it now leads the industry with a repair rate of over 96% of all uploaded files.
After such a successful beginning, Mixed Dimensions has announced that they are now taking MakePrintable out of beta and officially launching the full version.
“We are pleased to report over 91% of MakePrintable users are satisfied with our service,” said Mixed Dimensions CEO Muhannad Taslaq. “We are grateful to our community for sending over 5,732 pieces of user feedback and suggestions that we’ve incorporated into improving MakePrintable and look forward to continuing to do so in the future.”
With the new launch come several new features and options. MakePrintable now allows users to decide on the wall thickness for their 3D printed parts, optimizing them for different printing technologies such as SLA, FDM, etc. while still availing themselves of the fastest, cheapest prints possible. In addition, there’s a Reduced Polygon Count feature that quickly automates the process of reducing the size of a model – a particularly useful feature for users creating models from 3D scanned data.
A new Texture Support feature has also been added, allowing users to upload textures for full color printing and texturing. MakePrintable now supports more than 21 file formats including .3mf, .dae, .3ds, .dxf, and more. Users can also output repaired files to .stl, .obj, .3mf, .svg and Gcode formats and easily export files to services such as i.materialise, 3D Hubs, Shapeways, Box and Drive.
Users can use MakePrintable for up to three fixes per month for free, or avail themselves of a $7 Pro subscription that allows 10 fixes per month. There’s also a Plus subscription for $25 that provides up to 50 fixes per month. Custom pricing is also available for enterprise customers.
“Enterprise and Maker users will find that MakePrintable’s feature set and performance will exceed their expectations and more than meet their needs,” said Baha Abu Nojaim, co-founder and CTO of Mixed Dimensions. “Bit by bit we are chipping away at the problem of making any and all 3D geometry 3D printable, from point clouds to in-game assets. MakePrintable’s launch is a significant step in lowering costs for enterprise file repair and we will add more features as we continue to improve the best service. At MixedDimensions we’re working towards a world where any 3D file can be 3D printed, we want to be a bridge between the virtual and real and we’re solidly trailblazing this path.”
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