Archives for the category: 3D printing software

May 6, 2014

Text-to-3D lets you create 3D images by typing simple text commands

BrainDistrict GmbH, a German software developer today has just released Text-to-3D, an innovative new technology that allows anyone to create 3D models ands scenes by simply typing text commands.

According to their website, Text-to-3D aims to enable everybody with a basic understanding of English to create 3D scenes for Fun, Games, Education and 3D Printing. "Our aim is to provide a World Cloud for 3D Objects for modern, as well as historic times, which can be accessed by everybody."

In the above video demo Text-to-3D creates a living room. The living room is created using simple text commands.


emily | 8:08 AM | permalink

November 16, 2013

Microsoft’s First 3-D Printing App Is Made For The Average Joe

Screenshot.256530.100000.jpg Just a few months ago, Windows 8.1 became the first OS to support 3-D printing natively. That essentially meant Microsoft was building an infrastructure so that printing a 3-D object could become as simple clicking “print”. Today, Microsoft revealed its next step: its first ever 3-D printing application called 3D Builder, which is available now for free. [via FastCompany]

quotemarksright.jpgWe wanted to do something that was simple--that didn't require any design expertise, CAD experience, or animation experience,” explains Shanen Boettcher, general manager at Microsoft’s Startup Business Group. “Anyone can walk up to the app and be successful in 3-D printing.quotesmarksleft.jpg

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emily | 8:29 AM | permalink

August 15, 2013

3D Systems launches Cubify Sculpt, a simplified tool to use without CAD knowledge


Cubify Sculpt is a sort of Photoshop for 3D printing, a simplified tool that doesn't require any sort of knowledge in the world of CAD to help make an idea a 3D-printed reality. engadget reports.

quotemarksright.jpgSculpt really is an apt name here. When you start, you're essentially given a lump of round computer clay. You can add or remove material, smooth, elongate and generally bend it to your will.

If the object you've got in mind is symmetrical, you can mirror the image for faster, more accurate results. Playing around with Sculpt a bit, it's easy to get carried away. It really is fun, and we could see it being even more compelling with the addition of a touchscreen or an interface like Leap Motion or the Kinect. It's not easy, however, as you can see in the above video. The results aren't exactly precise when you're doing something simple like sculpting a face. Unless you can become a real Sculpt artist, this aspect of the software will likely be little more than a fun tool.quotesmarksleft.jpg

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emily | 8:22 PM | permalink

June 27, 2013

Microsoft Makes 3-D Printing As Simple As Clicking 'Print'

1672910-inline-750-skydrive-03.jpg Microsoft's Windows 8.1 will be the first OS to support 3-D printing natively on desktops and tablets. Their thinking: "to make this as easy as writing and printing a Word document", reports FastCo Design.

quotemarksright.jpg... 70% of 3-D printing is already done on Windows machines, but the problem is that it's a clunky process. You have to design an image in a program like CAD, then output it to specialty printer software. From there you can start the glitch-prone printing process. Microsoft worked with hardware vendors--including MakerBot, 3D Systems, and Autodesk--to build the API glue that can allow any developer to build 3-D creation apps with a one-touch printing option.quotesmarksleft.jpg

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emily | 11:55 AM | permalink

April 24, 2013

A lack of accessible design tools is holding back 3-D printing

According to MIT Technology Review, the largest companies in 3-D printing are racing to simplify design software so that it can become as easy to make an object as it is to send a document to a printer.

quotemarksright.jpg... The bigger obstacle to a 3-D printing revolution is that few consumers or designers can actually operate the software used to render objects and turn them into files that can be printed. “A lot of people are 3-D printing other people’s designs, but they can’t yet model their own.

The problem is that the design software is too complex, says Igal Kapstan, a vice president at PTC, a Massachusetts company that sells computer-aided design software... Computer-aided design software creates shapes, or “geometries,” but it often takes expert knowledge to reliably translate these into files usable by a 3-D printer. Kapstan’s company is working on software that would take a shape on a computer screen and print it directly. Other companies, including Autodesk and 3D Systems, said they are developing similar software.quotesmarksleft.jpg

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emily | 11:58 PM | permalink

April 23, 2013

Mcor Technologies Amazing 3D Paper Printers

Screen Shot 2013-04-23 at 8.55.39 PM.pngImage left, my cameraphone shot at the Mcor Technologies stand here at the Inside 3D Printing Expo in New York. The only company to date that markets 3D paper printers. Theses samples were made with simple affordable office paper and some of them are in color. They are incredibly strong. It's hard to believe when you pick one up that they are actually paper. Amazing. This is the company that provides the paper printers to the Staples stores in Europe that are offering 3D printing services.

And in an annoucement made here, Mcor Technologies have now released software to make the full colour 3D printing process even easier, ColourIT.

quotemarksright.jpgAll of our technology decisions have been made in support of making professional-class 3D printing more accessible while remaining eco-friendly,” said Dr. Conor MacCormack, Co-founder and CEO of Mcor Technologies. “Now, with ColourIT and the IRIS, the once niche color 3D printing capability is widely accessible with a low-cost, eco-friendly, comprehensive solution.quotesmarksleft.jpg

Read full article from, reporting from the Inside 3D Printing Expo in New York.

emily | 6:20 PM | permalink

January 31, 2013

Don't have a 3D Printer, No Problem

A blog post by Shaan Hurley, Autodesk Technologist for the Office of the CTO on where 3D printing is headed.

quotemarksright.jpg... I don’t think in the near future every home will have a 3D printer, but I believe they will all have access to one. We are starting to see companies like Staples [offering 3D printing services in in Belguim and the Netherlands] but I want to see a day where the manufacturers of consumer goods provide free or a for a small fee replacement parts or custom modifications that you can purchase online and then pickup at your local FedEx Kinkos which are located about everywhere. That would save time, energy, warehousing, transportation costs and be better for the environment.

A good option is my friends like Duann at that have some 25+ materials from plastics, ceramics, to metals they can 3D print in and also you can even market and sell your designs on their marketplace. There is also Ponoko, Scultpteo, i.materialize, and many more.quotesmarksleft.jpg

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emily | 8:27 PM | permalink

January 30, 2013

Tinkercad, a 3D design tool that runs in your browser

Unknown.jpeg Tinkercad, a software used for drafting 3D models, touts itself as the world's first browser-based design program. Salon reports via @3d_printer.

quotemarksright.jpgTinkercad, which calls itself the world’s first browser-based CAD. (CAD stands for computer-aided design, and is shorthand for the software that engineers use for drafting 3D models.) What does this mean for the user? For just a low subscription rate, anyone with a web browser can embrace the world of 3D product design. Tinkercad comes with a host of interactive shapes and modeling tools. Designs can be ported directly to Tinkercad’s partner 3D printing services that can print and then ship your work to you. Browsers have to be WebGL-enabled, so that means only Chrome or Firefox at this time.quotesmarksleft.jpg

Read full article. Watch Tinkercad tutorial video.

emily | 9:40 PM | permalink

January 6, 2013

First 3D Printer Simulator Software

3D Printing Simulation is coming in the next version of the CNCSimulator Pro Software.

In their own words:

quotemarksright.jpgIt is a contemporary and advanced but easy to use CNC simulation system with a virtual CNC controller and various machines as well as the integrated CAM system SimCam. We are still in the beta stage of the development meaning that new exiting features are added frequently.

To stay up-to-date with the latest news, get tips & tricks and watch tutorials and videos please head over to our blog.quotesmarksleft.jpg

[via 3DPrinting Industry]

emily | 9:17 AM | permalink

January 3, 2013

Software that automatically partitions large models 3D printable sections


Chopper software divides the model into logical sections and automatically prepared joints for easy assembly and gluing. Watch the video to se how it works.

[Shapeways via Ponoko]

emily | 9:30 AM | permalink

December 19, 2012

Autodesk Developing CAD Software to Design, 3-D Print Living Tissue

half_novogenmmx.png Autodesk, the industry leader in CAD software, has announced it is partnering with biological printer manufacturer Organovo to create 3-D design software for designing and printing living tissue. Wired reports.

quotemarksright.jpgAutodesk's involvement is a major step in helping to commercialise, refine and mass produce Organovo's NovoGen MMX Bioprinter.

It’s an area of interest to Autodesk, whose software runs the industrial design and architecture worlds, allowing them to expand further into new fields by helping researchers interface with new tools.

Organovo’s bioplotter, one of the only machines that can shape living tissue, works like a standard desktop 3-D printers but uses living cells instead of ABS plastic. It creates tissue by printing a gel base material as a scaffold and then deposits cells which mature into living material that can be used in the process of developing new pharmaceuticals.

Specific details about the system, including pricing and availability, are not yet available. Even with scant details, executives at both companies are excited about the potential of such a system.quotesmarksleft.jpg

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Autodesk Chief Technology Officer Jeff Kowalski on the partnership with medical research firm Organovo: "Bioprinting has the Potential to Change the World"

emily | 8:11 AM | permalink

November 22, 2012

Inside Thingiverse, The Radically Open Website Powering The 3D Printing Movement

Screen-Shot-2012-11-21-at-12.21.43-AM.png A nice article from Forbes on the success of Makerbot and Thingiverse.

quotemarksright.jpg... Anyone who buys a Makerbot 3D Printer can immediately download and print any of Thingiverse's 25,000 designs.

Its store of uploaded blueprints doubled since the beginning of the year, with 8.5 million downloads and half a million since August, far more than any other consumer 3-D printing platform. That's helped Makerbot attract $10 million in investment from Foundry Partners, Amazon's Jeff Bezos and others.quotesmarksleft.jpg

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emily | 4:36 PM | permalink

November 9, 2012

3D Modeling for the Masses Debuts with Autodesk 123D Design

robot_2.png Robotics Tomorrow reviews Autodesk 123D Design, a fre 3D modeling tool that allows users to create a digital model and then 3D print or fabricate their idea whether on the iPad, Mac, PC or via their web browser.

quotemarksright.jpgFor the first time ever, users can create sophisticated, precise 3D models of real objects on their iPad, Mac, PC or via their web browser. People said this couldn't be done on iPad, and we're happy to prove them wrong," said Samir Hanna, vice president of Consumer Products, Autodesk. "We believe that everyone is creative, and we intend to put easy to use design software in the hands of millions of people so they can create real objects, have fun doing it and then fabricate the things they want and need, just the way they want them.quotesmarksleft.jpg

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emily | 8:58 PM | permalink