Looks like Autodesk, a leader in 3D design software, sees the opportunities in 3D printing revolution and wants to get involved with hardware. Makerbot announced yesterday they have signed a definitive agreement to jointly market a combination of 3D design software and 3D printing hardware.
This collaboration will enable connecting MakerBot Replicator 2 Desktop 3D Printers with the Autodesk 123D family of apps. There will be a a send-to-printer option in Autodesk's software that allows user to send their creation in 123D apps straight to the Replicator 3D printer. And Autodesk will help to sell Makerbot's 3D printers through Autodesk's site 123Dapp.com.
Makerbot has been working with Autodesk for a while. Last year MakerBot team used 123D Catch to capture artworks in the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York to digitize the Met. And California based Artist Cosmo Wenman scanned an ancient marble sculpture a horse head in the British Museum using Autodesk 123D Catch for 3D printing.
Also many designers and makers use Autodesk software, including 123D Catch, 123D Creature, 123D Design, and 123D Sculpt, to create their design. This collaboration could make the process of realizing a user's 3D design much easier than before.
From Press Release:
"Software is key in showcasing the capabilities of 3D printing, and Autodesk's 123D Creature iPad app is an awesome way to highlight how you can customize a design, make it your own, and print it in 3D on a MakerBot Replicator 2 Desktop 3D Printer," noted Bre Pettis, CEO of MakerBot. "MakerBot prides itself on setting the standard in desktop 3D printing, and now in working with Autodesk, we are also together, setting the standard in providing the leading 3D design software that is optimized for printing on a MakerBot."
"Our goal is to continue making 3D printing from our applications simpler and more straightforward, and optimizing the Autodesk 123D family to work with MakerBot printers delivers on this promise by enabling our community to print their creations with greater ease," said Samir Hanna, vice president of Consumer Products at Autodesk. "Our collaboration will help accelerate the next industrial revolution, and we are excited to work with MakerBot to make this happen."
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Kenneth Hudson wrote at 3/9/2013 5:28:09 PM:
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