Autodesk to launch 3D printer, software
Dubai, May 19, 2014
Autodesk has announced two new launches that are expected to help make things better for 3D printing.
The company has revealed the release of a new open software platform for 3D printing called ‘Spark,’ which will make it more reliable yet simpler to print 3D models and easier to control how that model is actually printed.
Complementing the launch of the new platform, Autodesk will also be releasing its first 3D printer to serve as a reference implementation for ‘Spark’—demonstrating the power and potential of this new platform and set a new benchmark for the 3D printing user experience, said the company.
Carl Bass, Autodesk president and CEO, said these two new contributions will provide the building blocks that product designers, hardware manufacturers, software developers and materials scientists can use in the move to explore the limits of 3D printing technology.
'Spark' will be open and freely licensable to hardware manufacturers and others who are interested. In addition, the complete design of the new Autodesk 3D printer will be made publicly available to allow for further development and experimentation. The printer will be able to use a broad range of materials, made by Autodesk and by other manufacturers, with the potential of exploring new materials to be used as well.
The availability of ‘Spark’ will now make it possible for many more people to incorporate 3D printing into their design and manufacturing process, the statement said.
Autodesk will be working closely with hardware manufacturers in the next few months to integrate the ‘Spark’ platform with current and future 3D printers. Both ‘Spark’ and the new 3D printer will be available later this year. 3D printing will make it possible for users to create all sorts of things--better-- and to create all sorts of new things that have not even been imagined yet, it said. - TradeArabia News Service