Trinckle, a leading online consumer and prosumer oriented 3D printing service based in Berlin was launched in early 2013 offering a wide range of 3D printing technologies (including SLS, FMD and inkjet) as well as materials raining from ABS to Nylon. The service, which also has an online marketplace of 3D printable designer 3D models to choose from, has grown considerably and now offers even more technologies and materials (including alumide via sintering and silver casting). However, the biggest addition is arguably the recently introduced online 3D file repair service.
What makes the new Trinckle system stand apart from other similar tools is that it is browser based and completely free to use. All one needs to do is drag and drop the file into the online window and wait for the Trinckle software to do its magic. After a few seconds the corrected file can be downloaded or – upon selecting the material and real time size adjustments – 3D printed to order.
The Trinckle automated repair service is based on algorithms, which were refined to be as easily accessible as possible to any online user that is approaching 3D printing even for the first time. The system analyzes the triangle structure of the file’s mesh and detects all the logical errors such as holes or duplicated vertices. These imperfections are then repaired by automatically placing or removing triangles, while misdirected normals are rotated.
Trinckle says that up to 95% of incorrect designs can be corrected through its tool, which currently supports STL, 3DS and PLY file formats (with a 32 MB size limit). After the file has been modified the user can visualize the major corrections highlighted in red in the online window.
By offering this service Trinckle wants to continue its mission of making advanced 3D printing technologies more accessible, helping reduce the frustration derived from the single biggest limit of a machine: human error!