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Solid modelling software offers compatibility

| Editor: Briggette Jaya

The new release will allow colour data to be associated with the mesh, so that the integrity of full colour models can be retained.
The new release will allow colour data to be associated with the mesh, so that the integrity of full colour models can be retained. (Source: MachineWorks Ltd.)

The release handles large models, supports colour and application data.

At Euromold 2013, Machine Works presented Polygonica, a polygonal solid modelling software toolkit said to focus on handling large models and supporting colour and application data defined on polygonal meshes.

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The company explained that some mesh solids, especially those created from point cloud data, contain huge numbers of triangles.

Out-of-core algorithms process the entire mesh a chunk at a time. Initially, the release will support mesh simplification for such large solids. Moreover, all mesh processing operations, including Boolean, solid healing and offsetting will be available for large meshes, which maintains the speed and robustness of the Polygonica technology. The release will allow colour data to be associated with the mesh, so that the integrity of full colour models can be retained even during complex solid healing and Boolean operations, Machine Works noted.

Polygonica Sales Manager David Knight said his company’s development team is working hard at adding colour support to the software’s capabilities to support the latest generation of 3D Printers.

He explained that full colour and multi-jet printing are becoming commonplace within the industry. “It is important that this data is retained in a consistent fashion when performing automatic healing operations on solid meshes, such as removal of self-intersections, closing open solids and hollowing out of parts.”

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