Magics 26 on Market With New CAD Capabilities for 3D Printing

Materialise's latest workflow enables efficient part editing and build preparation.

Materialise's latest workflow enables efficient part editing and build preparation.

Magics 26 is data and build preparation software. Image courtesy of Materialise.


At the RAPID + TCT conferenceMaterialise introduces Magics 26, the latest version of its data and build preparation software. Magics 26 combines support for native CAD workflows with its existing mesh capabilities. 

CAD and Mesh Workflows 

Mesh and CAD each offer benefits when editing and preparing files for 3D printing. CAD offers a higher resolution than mesh for part editing. Mesh offers a consistent file format that ensures quality and compatibility with standard 3D printers, especially during build preparation. The mesh file format contains all of the information about the inside and outside of 3D models necessary to slice parts and begin 3D printing. 

“The way forward is to combine mesh and CAD for data preparation in 3D printing,” says Egwin Bovyn, Materialise product line manager. “Mesh-based processes hold significant benefits for applications and operations in data and build preparation with current 3D printing technologies. Introducing CAD-based workflows in Magics 26 creates a path toward enhanced hybrid workflows in future versions of our software.”   

Optimal Workflow for 3D Printing Projects  

Magics 26 introduces a Part Scene in which users can edit CAD-based parts in addition to mesh-based Part and Platform Scenes for editing, fixing, analyzing and build preparation. Users can choose their preferred workflow based on their 3D printing project requirements and edit their parts in mesh or in CAD format.

The new CAD-workflow for part editing supports users with projects that demand a close alignment or frequent exchange between design and data preparation. Editing and saving their parts in a CAD-native format enables Magics users to maintain part integrity and to use cleaner, high-resolution CAD-files. The CAD-workflow allows users to adapt and edit parts up to the point when they are optimized and ready for 3D printing before switching to build preparation.  

Improved Build Preparation

Magics 26 also offers new mesh capabilities. Improved support generation and advanced automated nesting help to lower the scrap rate and increase productivity. Flexible cone and tree supports can be enhanced with braces to improve the stability of prints. 

Magics users interested in scaling up their operations for serial production and mass customization will also benefit from future integration with CO-AM, Materialise’s recently announced software platform. Building on the company’s acquisition of Link3D, CO-AM will allow manufacturers to better plan, manage and optimize their AM operations through fully streamlined and scalable workflows. 

Magics 26 will be available on May 24, with software demonstrations available at the Materialise booth (#3108) during the 2022 RAPID + TCT Conference.

Materialise software experts will also host a free webinar on May 24 to showcase the latest updates in Magics 26. Registration for the webinar is available here. A recording will be made available. 

Sources: Press materials received from the company and additional information gleaned from the company’s website.

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