Friday, August 17, 2007

3D Software for 3D Printing Forums


We're very thankful to JANDSCREATIONS.COM for providing a forum where we can discuss 3D Modeling as it relates to Desktop 3D Printing. Visit the forums.

If Desktop 3D Printing is to become as popular as 2D printing, then a much wider range of users will need to feel comfortable with 3D modeling. The good news is that 3D modeling, for the first round of Desktop 3D Printers, can be created in much smaller packages than those required by gaming enthusiasts and 3D artists. Color materials, for instance won't be required until color 3D printers drop down to consumer level prices. Right now, the lowest cost color printer is just under $20K, so that will be a while.

More importantly, the technical skills requirements for designing in 3D will have to be greatly lowered before there can be wide acceptance of 3D printing in homes. There are many people looking at this problem and some very promising technologies are beginning to surface. The image at the top of this article, for instance, shows FiberMesh, a collaborative research project between TU Berlin and The University of Tokyo.

The forums are 'Application Neutral' in that we want to explore easier technologies that can be applied across the application spectrum. So, if you have an interest in 3D printing, we urge you to join us in exploring some ideas to make it far easier for the general population enjoy 3D modeling

13 comments:

JGM said...

I've been using Fibermesh. It is cool but you can't really do any "real" work with it. If this method of "drawing" your 3D models were incorporated into Maya or 3D Studio I think 3D would take off.
It would be like when Flash appeared on the scence and changed the 2D scene. Right now creating 3D content is just too hard for even the typical tech savy artist.

Zebra ID Card Printers said...

I use ZEdit Pro Software, which Makes Files 3D Printing-ready. It prepares 3D data files for easy full-color 3D printing, automatically and with unprecedented ease.

Great post!

Cheers,
Janet

Youbetcha1018 said...

The best 3D printer or rapid prototyping system is the one that meets more of your criteria than the others. All additive fabrication machines come with limitations and unknowns - some more than others. The important point is that no additive fabrication machine or 3D printer does it all. You'll need to trade-off what you need and want with what you can afford.

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Chris said...

For designers, seeing and touching design prototypes dramatically can change the way they work and reduce time to market. Companies that have switched from handmade or outsourced 3d modelling to inhouse 3D Printing have seen drastic reductions in cost and creation time from months to a couple weeks!

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