You've heard of it by now. However, many engineering organizations today are adopting 3D Printing. Although, there are issues that should be considered. This new technology requires models composed of Mesh Geometry, which approximates precise geometry with facets, as input. Unfortunately, traditional Parametric and Direct Modeling capabilities cannot manipulate such geometry. Instead, Facet Modeling functionality is required. Most traditional CAD applications only offer Parametric and Direct Modeling, forcing organizations to translate models back and forth with a second modeling tool that provides Facet Modeling. This compromise often requires significant effort to fix geometry that is broken during translation. Fortunately, a new set of CAD programs offer a combination of Parametric, Direct, and Facet Modeling in a single application, a fact that eliminates most of the aforementioned problems.
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