Noteworthy about AC3D is that it comes with a fairly intuitive user interface, complex yet easily accessible tools, and that it is able to support various image (GIF, JPG, PNG, BMP, DDS, PPM, TGA and TIF) and 3D file formats (.3ds, .ase, .ac, .dae, .x, .vr, .dvs, .dfx, .obj, and many more). You can access the AC3D webpage to view a complete list.
Complex yet easily navigable user interface
Even though AC3D comes with a plethora of tools and capabilities, finding your way around the application is simple enough. Most of the editing actions take place in the AC3D main window.
Here you can design or edit your 3D model by creating various objects, grouping them together, processing surfaces or generating vertices. Of course, the more complex capabilities are available through the AC3D main menus.
The model components can be modified by using drag and drop actions or through other mouse movements: the basic tools are compressed in the left side panel and in the top window toolbar.
Adjustable field of view
AC3D is offering support for multiple view modes while exploring the model. Moreover, you get to select surfaces and vertex loops, hide certain subdivisions, or use a realtime mirror if you are working with symmetrical objects.
AC3D can manipulate the vertices, surfaces and objects by using a wide collection of actions: snap together, snap to grid, smooth shape, align to axis, insert / remove, extrude, reduce, align, replicate and many more. Notable are the six supported boolean operations: Union, Intersect, Subtract, Knife, Cut Away, Knife and Cut-away.
Powerful tool for editing and creating 3D models
AC3D is offering access to a plethora of extremely useful tools for processing 3D designs that can then be integrated in all sorts of projects, including games such as Second Life or X-Plane. The intuitive drag and drop workflow and the extensive selection / view capabilities will greatly simplify your work.
Reviewed by Iulia Ivan on March 3rd, 2014
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- AC3D and 3D printing:
- More and more people are discovering that AC3D works well both creating and managing models for 3D printing and is a great alternative to large, complicated and expensive 3D CAD programs. STL is the most common file format used in 3D printing and AC3D 7.2 supports both ASCII and Binary STL files. Models from STL files are automatically optimized at import (duplicate vertices at the same position are replaced by a single vertex).
- AC3D’s new STL support means that you can directly preview and edit the STL files from 3D printing download sites such as Thingiverse. AC3D 7.2 also includes Ron Jensen’s plugin for checking the integrity of an object prior to 3D printing. The plugin checks for holes and open edges, selecting surfaces that are at the edge of the ‘leaks’. This new function is available from the Tools menu as “Select Leaky Surfaces”.
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