New Version Part 2

It might be a while before the latest version gets into the Windows Store. If you would like the latest version, uninstall the Windows Store version and install the version listed for “Windows 7+”.


New Version

There’s a new version of 3D Crafter 10 coming in the next day or two. It fixes a couple of problems with importing and loading of files.


Still Away & Microsoft Store

I’m still away but I’m trying to answer support questions daily. Also, I notice that downloading directly rather than via the Microsoft Store is strongly preferred. I personally prefer to download from the Microsoft Store because it provides a faster install, auto-updating and better application isolation (which results in more reliability)


Away for a bit

I’m in the middle of a big move, so I’m not available much at the moment. So if you’ve sent me an email, I might not get back to you right away.



3MF Geometry Export/Import Complete

The basic 3MF geometry exporter/importer is now working. I’ll probably spend many days perfecting things. I haven’t quite figured out materials yet. It works a bit strangely (imo), so I’m not going to attempt them until I am sure I’m doing it right.


3D Printing with Texture Mapping!

I’m not sure if this is a new thing, but 3MF supports 3D printing with texture mapping. Materials in general are done a little differently than I expected, but I guess that makes sense since it is a manufacturing process.


3MF Dummy Export

Well, I managed to get a “dummy” export to 3MF from 3D Crafter. I say “dummy” because no matter what is in your scene it exports a cube. But that’s a big step. It shows the Microsoft 3MF SDK is usable from a 3D Crafter extension. I’m not sure how long it will take to turn a “dummy” into an actual exporter, but I’m guessing a week or two. Maybe less.


More on 3MF/3D Printing

It looks like Microsoft has provided a great 3D Printing API. I’m excited about implementing an exporter. Actually, I’m thinking about what I can do to integrate it more thoroughly within 3D Crafter. I’d love to add a “Print 3D” button that would actually send it to the printer or to an online 3D Printing service. This could take ages to implement I think. First things first, an exporter, then an importer.


3MF

Support for 3MF is looking really easy compared to FBX, The SDK for 3MF seems really friendly. I’m looking forward to using it. I’ll take a break from FBX for a bit since my brain hurts from trying to import its very complex materials.