MachineWorks' Polygonica software new advanced automated hole filling features

Sheffield, UK, based MachineWorks has released a new hole filling tool as part of their Polygonica mesh editing software for 3D models.

Sometimes the shape of an object prevents the easy 3D scanning of its entire surface. In these cases the resultant 3D model will have holes. Filling these holes is an often time consuming process and when automated can yield imperfect results, smoothing over details that existed in the physical object, and producing an inaccurate 3D model.

Polygonica’s new hole filling algorithms use data in the original geometry of a scan, and should hopefully reduce the time needed to prepare a scan for 3D printing.

Polygonica's new hole filling feature. Image via MachineWorks.Polygonica’s new hole filling feature. Image via MachineWorks.

Advanced mesh repair features 

Multithreaded code has been implemented, granting performance improvements on multicore processors. New algorithms use existing scan data to improve the filling of large holes. Both improve the speed of hole filling.

Holes containing mesh fragments, “annular holes”, will be filled more effectively by algorithms matching features of the fragments to the hole. A new fill type applies features on one side of a hole and extends them across the hole. Polygonica say this is often more effective, and maintains more detail than simply finding a minimum area or smooth fill for the hole.

The advanced hole filling features together with Polygonica’s existing repair functions will help ensure models are watertight, free of badly oriented planes, self-intersections, and closer to being ready for 3D printing.

Larger holes processed, keeping detail. Image via PolygonicaLarger holes processed, whilst keeping detail with Polygonica. Image via Polygonica

Automated processing of 3D models

Polygonica’s automated processing of 3D models is a key feature of Stratasys’ GrabCAD Print software. Dr Fenqiang Lin, MachineWorks Managing Director, said “GrabCAD and Polygonica share the same philosophy of enabling a single ‘click-to-print’ methodology for 3D models. The user doesn’t want or need to know about what software is used to prepare the file, they just want their CAD model printed with the minimum of fuss.”

Less extensive automated hole filling options are also available with software like Artec Studio. Peel 3D’s $6,000 handheld 3D scanner uses proprietary software to automate hole filling and the smoothing of edges.

For more information about Polygonica’s capabilities and applications, you can read the 3D Printing Industry article about our visit to Polygonica.

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Featured image shows Larger holes processed, whilst keeping detail with Polygonica. Image via Polygonica.

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1. EXECUTIVE SUMMARY 1.1. Overview of 3D printing software segments 1.2. Use patterns and market segmentation 1.3. Hobbyist 3D printing software usage 1.4. Professional 3D printing software usage 1.5. Industrial 3D printing software value chain 1.6. New developments in 3D printing software 1.7. The impact of open source 1.8. Unmet needs in 3D printing software 1.9. 3D printing software market share analysis 2016 1.10. Purchasing behaviours across market segments 1.11. Five Forces analysis for 3D printing CAM incumbents 1.12. Drivers and restraints of market growth 1.13. Combined forecast of product revenues 1.14. 3D printing software remains an untapped market 2. INTRODUCTION 2.1. Glossary: frequently used acronyms 2.2. Scope of report 2.3. Overview of 3D printing software segments 2.4. Relationship between 3D printing hardware and software 2.5. Use patterns and market segmentation 2.6. Use patterns and market segmentation 2.7. Hobbyist 3D printing software usage 2.8. Professional 3D printing software usage 2.9. Industrial 3D printing software value chain 3. 3D PRINTING SOFTWARE TECHNOLOGY 3.1. 3D printing software: technology overview 3.2. 3D scanning software 3.3. Computer Aided Design (CAD) 3.4. .STL files 3.5. Other file formats: .3MF 3.6. Other file formats: voxels 3.7. Octree data structures 3.8. Computer Aided Engineering (CAE): Topology 3.9. Computer Aided Engineering (CAE): process simulation 3.10. Computer Aided Manufacture (CAM): Build preparation 3.11. Convergence: integrated CAD/CAM suites 3.12. Workflow management solutions 3.13. Printer-specific software solutions 3.14. Unmet needs in 3D printing software 4. NEW DEVELOPMENTS AND TRENDS 4.1. New developments in 3D printing software 4.2. Generative design for product lightweighting 4.3. Software solutions developed by printer OEMs 4.4. 3D scanners and medical imaging techniques 4.5. CAD and CAM converge to enable direct to print 4.6. Role of workflow management 4.7. The impact of open source 4.8. The rise of multimaterial printing 4.9. New solutions for bioprinting 5. APPLICATION CASE STUDIES 5.1. US Navy uses blockchain to ensure digital thread continuity 5.2. Altair redesigns antenna bracket for RUAG satellite 5.3. Autodesk optimises topology for Airbus partition wall 5.4. Airbus reduces weight of brackets 5.5. Bone foam implants improve performance 5.6. Under Armour generatively design Architech shoes 5.7. Michelin reinvent the wheel 5.8. Materialise and HP use voxels for multicolour printing 5.9. Trinckle take the grunt work out of mass customisation 5.10. Shapeways offers bespoke Jewelry 5.11. Philips release personalised 3D Shaver 5.12. Dad designs son’s 3D printed prosthetic arm 5.13. Walter Reed Medical Center design custom prosthetics 6. KEY SOFTWARE PRODUCTS AND LEADING DEVELOPERS 6.1. 3D printing software developers 6.2. Hardware manufacturers developing software 6.3. Key CAD software developers 6.4. Key CAE software developers 6.5. Key CAM software developers 6.6. 3D printing workflow management companies 6.7. Products catering to end users of 3D printers 6.8. Magics (Materialise NV) 6.9. Netfabb (Autodesk) 6.10. NX (Siemens) 6.11. GrabCAD (Stratasys) 6.12. 3DXpert (3DSystems) 6.13. Voxelizer (ZMorph) 6.14. Simplify3D 6.15. 3DPrinterOS 6.16. Element (nTopology) 6.17. Cura (Ultimaker) 7. MARKET ANALYSIS 7.1. CAD and PLM market share by revenue 2016 7.2. 3D printing software market share analysis 7.3. Purchasing behaviours across market segments 7.4. Five Forces analysis for 3D printing CAM incumbents 7.5. Drivers and restraints of market growth 8. MARKET FORECAST 8.1. Market size and opportunity methodology 8.2. Revenue forecast for premium CAM software 8.3. Revenue forecast for midrange CAM software 8.4. Revenue forecast for CAE software 8.5. Revenue forecast for workflow management software 8.6. Combined forecast of product revenues 9. CONCLUSIONS 9.1. 3D printing software remains an untapped market 10. COMPANY PROFILES 10.1. 3D Systems 10.2. 3DPrinterOs 10.3. 3YourMind 10.4. Aleph Objects 10.5. Arevo 10.6. Authentise 10.7. Autodesk 10.8. Concept Laser 10.9. Dassault Systèmes 10.10. Formlabs 10.11. Hybrid Manufacturing Technologies 10.12. LimitState 10.13. LPW Technology 10.14. Markforged 10.15. Materialise 10.16. nTopology 10.17. Optomec 10.18. Printrbot 10.19. QuesTek 10.20. Rize inc 10.21. Siemens 10.22. Simufact 10.23. Stratasys 10.24. Trinckle 10.25. Ultimaker 10.26. Voxel8 10.27. Xaar plc