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Texturing Module: Efficiently Create Textures, Perforations and Patterns to your 3D Model

With its huge degree of design freedom, 3D Printing has introduced a new way of thinking about design. With Materialise 3-matic software you can not only (re)design CAD, scanned or topology optimized data for 3D Printing, you can also enhance your design with aesthetic or functional 3D textures, perforations and patterns. These are created directly on the STL file (which can later be printed with RP/AM technology). In addition, you have the flexibility to quickly change and preview 3D textured components without having to share your designs with external suppliers.

Why Add 3D Textures to Your Model?

Add Functionality to Your 3D Model

  • Benefit from biomimicry and bionic engineering design possibilities
  • Increase grip
  • Improve aerodynamic properties
  • Change acoustic properties
  • Control density with perforations

Improve the Aesthetic Value of Your 3D Model

  • Enjoy freedom of design
  • Create a unique or personalized object
  • Cover up 3D printing layers (and avoid finishing work)

Good Reasons to Choose the Materialise 3-matic Texturing Module

  • Choose 3D textures from a large library
  • Add custom textures to existing library
  • Work on complex, irregular surfaces
  • Export your 3D model to FEA
  • Handle large and complex designs easily with our unique slice-based technology

“Using this software, we can relatively easily generate textures and structures on a part. Additionally, it makes it possible to perform structural design operations on STL files. There is hardly any other software on the market which makes this possible.”
- Romuald Siegert, Rapid Technologien, BMW Group, Germany

How to texture a 3D model?

Start from a 2D bitmap and easily convert it into a 3D texture using our texturing software:

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For perforations or 3D patterning, use a single pattern element to design an elaborate 3D patterning:







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Texturing at Once: Easily Apply Textures to Hundreds of Complex Surfaces

The look and feel of a part is crucial to the success of a product design. It will largely define the aesthetics of a part, but can also lead to added functionality or improved performance. With Materialise 3-matic's Texturing Module, you can efficiently apply hundreds of 3D textures directly on the STL file while keeping the file size and triangle count to a minimum. In addition, you can handle highly complex surfaces efficiently and have full control over the creation of new textures.

Thanks to the integrated slice-based technology of the Materialise Build Processor, the demanding creation of triangles to an intermediate STL file is skipped and the desired geometry is generated directly onto the slices, avoiding large data. The Texturing Module allows designers to immediately include hundreds of textures in their design, skipping the tedious post-processing steps.

Mass textured shoe sale

Textured shoe sole, 3D-printed at Materialise using 3-matic texturing software.
453 surfaces were textured and aligned, saving at least 80% of time compared to 1-by-1 texturing.

Key Benefits of the Materialise 3-matic Texturing Module

  • Reduce lead time
  • Experience freedom of design
  • Keep confidential files in your company
  • Work on irregular surfaces
  • Use textures that were unavailable before
  • Blur striations
Insole Heel Textruring

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