Pix4D outputs for 3D printing


Pix4Dcan generate a 3D textured mesh which can be exported in the following formats: .ply, .fbx, .dxf, .obj, .pdf. This 3D textured mesh can be imported in other software coming with a 3D printer.

It is needed to define the thickness of the 3D object to be printed as well as the scale. Some printers can interpret the color from the texture. Editing is also required which can be done in Pix4D or using other software packages.

In order to prepare model for 3D printing in Pix4D, the base (platform) has to be made. To add the base and make the model printable in Pix4D: 

1. Define manual tie points (MTPs) all along the hull of the mesh. 
2. Offset these MTPs along the z axis to have a stable base. As a minimum requirement the MTPs should have the lowest altitude value of the whole project.
3. To complete the base, create surfaces for the base. Firstly, connect the MTPs on sides. Manually create all the surfaces from the top MTPs to the bottom MTPs, use the counterclockwise direction to connect points.
4. Manually create the bottom surface (with all the bottom MTPs), orient the surface towards the bottom (for example from bottom view use counterclockwise direction).
5. Ensure to select the option in the right sidebar that all the surfaces will be used for mesh generation and generate the mesh. 



Additionally, the 3D textured mesh can be imported into third party software and edited for 3D printing.

Using Meshmixer

1. Import OBJ mesh into Meshmixer.
2. Fill in gaps and holes.
3. Make a flat bottom.
4. Export to save it as an STL file.

For more information how to edit a model in Meshmixer and prepare it for 3D printing, click here.

Using Blender

1. Turn a mesh into a 3D printable object, using Blender: www.makerbot.com.
2. Print using makerbot.

For more information, click here.


Disclaimer: Pix4D publishes this information as a courtesy to its customers. Pix4D makes no warranty of any kind, expressed or implied, with respect to the content's validity or accuracy.

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