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Dimensions Expert - for everyday STL preparation for 3D Printing

Dimensions Expert GUI

Dimensions Expert is a simple, economical and user friendly tool for STL repair and splitting for machines with a smaller build area. Dimensions Expert suites professional Additive Manufacturing users and hobbyists alike.

Today, most CAD systems can output good STL data or data with minor errors. The most common problem 3D Printing users are facing is the build area size versus the STL model dimensions. DeskArtes Dimensions Expert gives you the tools to automatically repair and to split the STL data into separate pieces and accurately combine them after the build. This is typically achieved with software five to ten times more expensive.

Dimensions Expert brochure (PDF, 718 KB).

Dimensions Expert includes same powerful viewing, measuring and communication tools available with the free View Expert. Some more advanced functions are described below.

Dimensions Expert is supported on Windows XP / Vista / 7 / 8 / 8.1 / 10.

Save time and money by using Dimensions Expert for STL manipulation.

Dimensions Expert includes all necessary and easy to use tools to get from any STL model to a buildable STL part, regardless of the possible problems or size of the final part. Model verification tools tell you if the model is correct or not. In case of errors, automatic and manual repair tools can be used to fix them. After fixing the splitting tools can be used to cut the model into a suitable sized pieces for your machine build area. Positioning tools can then be used to position the parts into wanted build areas before sending them to the 3D Printing machine.

Send models directly to printing through Plugin interfaces.

Dimensions Expert, like all new Expert Series products, include a new Plugin interface. Plugin interface allows you to generate direct links to your favorite 3D Printing or Additive Manufactuing systems. Once defined, Plugin commands allow you to send repaired 3D models to receiving system with a single mouse click.

Repair faceted 3D models

Dimensions Expert offers effective and user friendly repair tools for triangulated models. Models from different CAD systems, with or without colors, can be effectively repaired using both automatic and manual commands for Additive Manufacturing.

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  • Input various faceted models: STL, VRML, ZPR, OBJ, DXF, PLY, 3DS, Collada, FBX and proprietary 3DE Files.
  • Output following faceted models: STL, VRML, ZPR, DXF, PLY and 3DE Files.
  • Repair errors automatically: separate shells, orient normals, stitch gaps, fill holes and remove error triangles.
  • Manual repair with full editing capability for faceted models.
  • Remove triangles, surfaces or shells manually.

Split and connect large models

When the triangulated model is ready and repaired for AM processes, many times one problem still remains. The model may not fit into to the build area of the 3D Printing process in use. Dimensions Expert splitting and connection tools allow you to split and connect part halves accurately after the build.

Lap Joint connection
  • Split with polylines, curved or fixed split planes.
  • Add primitive connectors with a few mouse clicks.
  • Add Lap Joint to connect thin parts firmly.
  • Add empty space between the connector surfaces to allow adding glue after the build.

Dimensions Expert Offers:

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  • Faster display list generation and texture handling
  • Improved topology generation for architectural models
  • Sort Model Tree for more effective model repair and data organization
  • Clean Surfaces to remove small surfaces and simplify model surface structure
  • 64 bit implementation improvements to handle millions of triangles

Communication

  • Print and Email Images and 3D Geometry with Annotations and Measures
  • Input STL, VRML, ZPR, OBJ, DXF, PLY, 3DS, Collada, FBX and 3DE Files
  • Write STL, VRML, ZPR, PLY and 3DE Files

Model Editing

  • Cut, Copy and Paste 3D Data
  • Multiply models for manufacturing
  • Advanced Selection and Replace tools for Model Repair
  • Create and Run Macros for Effective Model Repair
  • Workflow and Tools Window to Access Mostly Used Repair and Manipulation commands
  • Intuitive Menu Structure to Support the Workflow
  • Help Text window to Aid in the Repair Process
  • Different Error Filtering Levels for Repairing Models for Simulation vs. 3D Printing

3D Viewing, Transformations and Measuring

  • Viewing with Colors, Textures and Clipping
  • Transformations to Scale, Position, Rotate, Mirror & Platform positioning
  • Change units for STL models
  • Point value, Distances, Angle, Radius and Wall Thickness Measuring

Full Faceted Model Repair

  • STL Model Verification and Automatic Repair
  • Automatic Self -Intersection Removal
  • Advanced Error Location for Manual Repair
  • Triangle Mesh Editing with Triangle Delete, Add, Gap Bridging, Point addition and Area Triangulation
  • Normal Manipulation for Shells, Surfaces and Triangles
  • Model Complexity Reduction for faster visualization and memory utilization 3D Printing and Additive Manufacturing Control
  • Plugin command to add Direct Link to Additive Manufacturing systems
  • Split models to fit on any Build area
  • Connect with Pins and Lap Joint

Online Help

  • Extensive Online Help
  • Tutorials and Advanced Model Manipulation Lessons
  • Reliable Network and Standalone Licensing System