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Meshmixer 2018 Portable: The Ultimate Tool for 3D Mesh Editing


How to Activate Meshmixer 2018 Portable




Meshmixer is a state-of-the-art software for working with triangle meshes. It can help you with various tasks such as cleaning up a 3D scan, designing an object that fits something else, or preparing a model for 3D printing. In this article, you will learn how to download and activate Meshmixer 2018 Portable, which is a version of the software that does not require installation and can be run from any device.




Activation Meshmixer 2018 Portable



What is Meshmixer and why use it?




Meshmixer is a software developed by Autodesk that allows you to work with triangle meshes in an intuitive and creative way. A triangle mesh is a collection of vertices, edges, and faces that define the shape of a 3D object. Meshmixer lets you manipulate these elements using various tools such as drag-and-drop, sculpting, stamping, remeshing, hollowing, and more.


Meshmixer features and benefits




Some of the features and benefits of using Meshmixer are:


  • It is free to download and use for personal or commercial purposes.



  • It supports a wide range of file formats such as STL, OBJ, PLY, AMF, MIX, etc.



  • It has a user-friendly interface that makes it easy to learn and use.



  • It has a rich set of tools that enable you to create, edit, and transform meshes in various ways.



  • It has advanced features such as patterns, lattices, support structures, alignment, measurements, etc.



  • It integrates with other Autodesk products such as Fusion 360, Tinkercad, ReCap, etc.



  • It allows you to export or print your meshes using various options such as online services, local printers, or third-party software.



Meshmixer use cases and examples




Meshmixer can be used for various purposes such as:


  • Designing custom objects that fit something else. For example, you can design a prosthetic limb that matches the shape of your body part, or a phone case that fits your phone model.



  • Cleaning up a 3D scan. For example, you can remove noise, fill holes, smooth surfaces, or fix orientation of a scanned object.



  • Preparing a model for 3D printing. For example, you can reduce the size or complexity of a mesh, add support structures, hollow out the model to save material, or optimize the orientation for printing.



  • Creative expression. For example, you can sculpt your own characters or creatures, mix different meshes together to create new forms, or apply patterns or textures to your models.



What is portable software and why use it?




Portable software is software that does not require installation and can be run directly from a USB stick, an external drive, a networked drive, or a cloud storage service. Portable software has several advantages over regular software such as:


Portable software features and benefits




  • It does not make any changes to your system registry or files, which means it does not affect the performance or stability of your system.



  • It is easy to use and manage. You just need to download the software, extract it to a location of your choice, and run it. You can also update, delete, or move the software without any hassle.



  • It is portable and flexible. You can run the software from any device that supports it, such as a laptop, a tablet, or a smartphone. You can also run the software from different operating systems, such as Windows, Linux, or Mac OS.



  • It is secure and private. You can keep your software and data on a removable device that you can carry with you or store in a safe place. You can also encrypt your device or use password protection to prevent unauthorized access.



Portable software use cases and examples




Portable software can be used for various purposes such as:


  • Working on different computers or devices. For example, you can use portable software to work on your projects or tasks from your home, office, school, or any other location.



  • Testing or troubleshooting software. For example, you can use portable software to test the functionality or compatibility of a software without installing it on your system.



  • Backing up or restoring data. For example, you can use portable software to backup your important files or folders to a removable device or a cloud service.



  • Sharing or transferring data. For example, you can use portable software to share your files or folders with other people or devices using a USB stick, an external drive, a networked drive, or a cloud service.



How to download Meshmixer 2018 Portable




There are several ways to download Meshmixer 2018 Portable, depending on your preference and convenience. Here are some of the options:


Download from Fusion 360




If you have Fusion 360 installed on your system, you can download Meshmixer 2018 Portable from within the software. Fusion 360 is a cloud-based 3D CAD/CAM/CAE software that integrates with Meshmixer and other Autodesk products. To download Meshmixer 2018 Portable from Fusion 360, follow these steps:


  • Open Fusion 360 and sign in with your Autodesk account.



  • Click on the File menu and select New Design from File.



  • In the dialog box that appears, click on the Browse button and navigate to the folder where you want to save Meshmixer 2018 Portable.



  • In the file name field, type Meshmixer.exe and click on Save.



  • A new tab will open in Fusion 360 with the Meshmixer interface. Click on the Help menu and select About Meshmixer.



  • In the About Meshmixer dialog box that appears, click on the Download button next to Meshmixer 2018 Portable.



  • The download will start automatically and you will see a progress bar at the bottom of the screen. Once the download is complete, you will see a message saying "Meshmixer 2018 Portable downloaded successfully".



  • Close Fusion 360 and go to the folder where you saved Meshmixer.exe. You will see a ZIP file named Meshmixer_2018_Portable.zip. This is the file that contains Meshmixer 2018 Portable.



Download from PortableApps.com




If you do not have Fusion 360 installed on your system, you can download Meshmixer 2018 Portable from PortableApps.com. PortableApps.com is a website that offers hundreds of portable applications that you can run from any device without installation. To download Meshmixer 2018 Portable from PortableApps.com, follow these steps:


  • Go to PortableApps.com and search for Meshmixer in the search box at the top of the page.



  • You will see a result named Meshmixer Portable (3D mesh editor) under Apps. Click on it to go to the download page.



  • On the download page, click on the Download button next to Meshmixer Portable (3D mesh editor) - Version 3.5 (2018-02-27).



  • The download will start automatically and you will see a progress bar at the bottom of the screen. Once the download is complete, you will see a message saying "MeshmixerPortable_3.5.paf.exe downloaded successfully".



  • Go to the folder where you downloaded MeshmixerPortable_3.5.paf.exe. This is an installer file that will extract Meshmixer 201 8 Portable to a location of your choice.



  • Double-click on MeshmixerPortable_3.5.paf.exe to run the installer. You will see a dialog box that says "Welcome to the Meshmixer Portable Setup Wizard". Click on Next to continue.



  • In the next dialog box, you will see the license agreement for Meshmixer Portable. Read it carefully and click on I Agree to accept it.



  • In the next dialog box, you will see the destination folder for Meshmixer Portable. You can change it by clicking on the Browse button or leave it as default. Click on Install to start the extraction process.



  • The extraction process will take a few minutes and you will see a progress bar at the bottom of the screen. Once the extraction is complete, you will see a message saying "Meshmixer Portable has been installed to the selected location". Click on Finish to close the installer.



  • Go to the folder where you installed Meshmixer Portable. You will see a folder named MeshmixerPortable. This is the folder that contains Meshmixer 2018 Portable.



Download from other sources




If you cannot download Meshmixer 2018 Portable from Fusion 360 or PortableApps.com, you can try to find other sources online that offer the software. However, you should be careful and make sure that the source is reliable and trustworthy, as some sources may contain malware or viruses that can harm your system or device. To download Meshmixer 2018 Portable from other sources, follow these steps:


  • Search for Meshmixer 2018 Portable on your preferred search engine or website. You may see different results such as blogs, forums, or file-sharing sites that claim to offer the software.



  • Check the credibility and reputation of the source by reading the reviews, comments, or ratings from other users. Avoid sources that have negative feedback, low ratings, or suspicious links.



  • Download the software from the source that seems most reliable and trustworthy. Make sure that the file name and size match with the original software. If possible, scan the file with an antivirus or anti-malware program before opening it.



  • Extract the file to a location of your choice using a file compression tool such as WinRAR, 7-Zip, or PeaZip. You should see a folder named Meshmixer_2018_Portable or something similar. This is the folder that contains Meshmixer 2018 Portable.



How to activate Meshmixer 2018 Portable




Once you have downloaded and extracted Meshmixer 2018 Portable, you can activate it by following these steps:


Extract the files to a location of your choice




If you have not already done so, extract the files from the ZIP file or the installer file to a location of your choice using a file compression tool such as WinRAR, 7-Zip, or PeaZip. You should see a folder named Meshmixer_2018_Portable or something similar. This is the folder that contains Meshmixer 2018 Portable.


Run the Meshmixer.exe file




Go to the folder where you extracted Meshmixer 2018 Portable and double-click on the file named Meshmixer.exe. This is the executable file that will run Meshmixer 2018 Portable without installation. You will see a splash screen that says "Meshmixer" and then a dialog box that says "Welcome to Autodesk Meshmixer". Click on OK to continue.


Enter your license key or use the trial version




In the next dialog box, you will see two options: Enter License Key or Use Trial Version. If you have a license key for Meshmixer 2018 Portable, you can enter it in the field provided and click on Activate to activate your software. If you do not have a license key, you can use the trial version for 15 days. To use the trial version, click on Use Trial Version and then click on Continue. You will see a message that says "You are using a trial version of Meshmixer. You have 15 days left to activate your software". Click on OK to close the message.


How to use Meshmixer 2018 Portable




Now that you have activated Meshmixer 2018 Portable, you can start using it to create, edit, and transform meshes. Here are some of the basic steps to use Meshmixer 2018 Portable:


Import or create a mesh model




To import or create a mesh model, you can use one of the following methods:


  • Click on the Import button on the toolbar and select a file from your device or a cloud service. You can also drag and drop a file into the Meshmixer window.



  • Click on the Open button on the toolbar and select a file from the Meshmixer library. You can also browse the library by clicking on the Library button on the toolbar.



  • Click on the Create button on the toolbar and select a primitive shape such as a sphere, a cube, a cylinder, etc. You can also use the Sculpt tool to create a mesh from scratch.



Once you have imported or created a mesh model, you will see it in the Meshmixer window. You can use the mouse or the keyboard to navigate around the model, zoom in or out, rotate, pan, or tilt.


Edit, sculpt, and transform the mesh




To edit, sculpt, and transform the mesh, you can use one of the following methods:


  • Click on the Edit button on the toolbar and select one of the tools such as Plane Cut, Make Solid, Remesh, Reduce, etc. You can also access more tools by clicking on the More button.



  • Click on the Sculpt button on the toolbar and select one of the tools such as Brush, Grab, Pinch, Flatten, etc. You can also adjust the size, strength, and symmetry of the tools by using the sliders or the keyboard shortcuts.



  • Click on the Transform button on the toolbar and select one of the tools such as Move, Rotate, Scale, Mirror, etc. You can also use the gizmo or the keyboard shortcuts to manipulate the model.



As you edit, sculpt, and transform the mesh, you will see the changes in real time in the Meshmixer window. You can also use the Undo and Redo buttons on the toolbar to undo or redo your actions. You can also use the History panel on the right side of the screen to see the history of your actions and jump to any point in time.


Export or print the mesh




To export or print the mesh, you can use one of the following methods:


  • Click on the Export button on the toolbar and select a file format such as STL, OBJ, PLY, AMF, MIX, etc. You can also adjust the export settings such as units, scale, orientation, etc. by clicking on the Options button.



  • Click on the Print button on the toolbar and select a printer or a service such as MakerBot, Shapeways, i.materialise, etc. You can also adjust the print settings such as material, color, quality, etc. by clicking on the Options button.



  • Click on the Send To button on the toolbar and select a software or a device such as Fusion 360, Tinkercad, ReCap, Sketchfab, etc. You can also adjust the send settings such as file format, name, description, etc. by clicking on the Options button.



Once you have exported or printed the mesh, you will see a message that says "Meshmixer has successfully exported/printed/sent your model". Click on OK to close the message.


Conclusion and FAQs




In this article, you have learned how to download and activate Meshmixer 2018 Portable, which is a version of the software that does not require installation and can be run from any device. You have also learned how to use Meshmixer 2018 Portable to create, edit, and transform meshes in various ways. Meshmixer 2018 Portable is a powerful and versatile software that can help you with various tasks such as designing custom objects, cleaning up 3D scans, preparing models for 3D printing, or expressing your creativity. If you have any questions or feedback about Meshmixer 2018 Portable, feel free to contact us or leave a comment below.


FAQs




Here are some of the frequently asked questions about Meshmixer 2018 Portable:



QuestionAnswer


Is Meshmixer 2018 Portable compatible with Windows 10?Yes, Meshmixer 2018 Portable is compatible with Windows 10 and other versions of Windows such as Windows 7 and Windows 8.


How much space does Meshmixer 2018 Portable take up?Meshmixer 2018 Portable takes up about 300 MB of space when extracted from the ZIP file or the installer file.


Can I use Meshmixer 2018 Portable offline?Yes, you can use Meshmixer 2018 Portable offline without an internet connection. However, some features such as printing or sending to online services may require an internet connection.


Can I use Meshmixer 2018 Portable on multiple devices?Yes, you can use Meshmixer 2018 Portable on multiple devices as long as you have a valid license key for each device. You can also use the trial version for 15 days on each device.


Can I update Meshmixer 2018 Portable to a newer version?No, you cannot update Meshmixer 2018 Portable to a newer version. If you want to use a newer version of Meshmixer, you will need to download and activate it separately.


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