Optimizing a 3D file is a multi-step process. In this article, we start by removing common file errors that are caused by CAD conversion. Next, duplicates assets are grouped and instantiated. In the end, we review the result in Meshmatic’s 3D previewer and export the optimized assets.
Note: The latest version (Version 1109) does not require clicking on the camera icon to refresh the 3D previewer. Start the 3D previewer by clicking on the camera icon, the 3D previewer will automatically update after each change.
Quick start in Meshmatic
- File optimization starts with importing the 3D design into Meshmatic. From the top menu, click on Import (See our supported file formats).
Note: CAD files are in beta mode. We are constantly improving our file format library.
- After loading is completed, you can review the imported file by clicking on the Preview Icon.
- The best way to start optimizing is to remove errors and issues that commonly happen after converting from CAD to polygonal mesh.
- Select the Root Node or any of the nodes from the outliner.
- From the top toolbar menu, click on Remove Duplicate Vertices to remove open vertices in the polygon(s).
- Click on the Refresh preview button to review the latest changes.
- Use the rest of the tools to optimize the outliner. To learn more about all the tools in the toolset, see our top toolbar post.
- Next, all the duplicate meshes in the scene need instantiation.
- From the tabs on the lower half, click on the Duplicate Detector tab.
- From the Outliner, select the root node to analyze and detect all the duplicates in the outliner. You can also select a sub-group in the outliner for detection.
- Review the preset settings. See our duplicate detector post to learn more about all the preset settings.
- Click on Find Duplicates.
- The software groups all the duplicates and generates thumbnails which you can review.
- Review each group and click on Instantiate from the left toolset.
See our duplicate detector post for more information.