Aug 7, 2017 | By Tess

Microsoft has gradually been edging its way into the world of 3D with new and accessible programs such as Paint 3D, the 3D Builder application, and Remix 3D, an online platform for sharing 3D models and scenes.

Most recently, Microsoft announced an upgrade to its Remix 3D community through the addition of “Parts and Remixes,” two features that allow users to see and experience 3D models in new and useful ways.

The first feature, called Parts, is basically a new tab that will appear on every 3D model on Remix 3D. When selected, users will be able to see every individual part of that model separately, making it easier to draw inspiration or share elements from a given 3D design.

Remixes, as you may have already guessed by the name, is a new tab which links all remixes of a given 3D model to its original incarnation. Microsoft said this feature will help to enforce and recognize original attribution for 3D models, as well as add a fun element of seeing how a 3D model is transformed, updated, and remixed by the Remix 3D community.

“With the explosion of content surrounding us, the original attribution of a creation tends to get lost,” writes the company on its Windows blog. “The idea of remixing content into something new, and then seeing the ‘parts’ of that new creation (with attribution to the original creators), lets everyone see and get inspired by each part, each remix, and each artist who contributed to a 3D creation.”

The overall idea is to make Microsoft’s 3D modeling offering more dynamic, fun, and community oriented. According to Microsoft, the new Parts and Remixes features will be available “anywhere Paint 3D and Remix 3D are available.”

Microsoft introduced its new 3D modeling programs and tools in October 2016, with the launch of its Windows 10 Creators Update. Paint 3D, an upgraded version of the well known but rudimentary drawing tool Paint, has enabled most Windows users to dabble in 3D modeling and 3D drawing thanks to its easy-to-use interface and simple design tools.

Of course, you might not use Paint 3D and Remix 3D to make and find practical models for 3D printing, but the two programs do provide a fun entry point into the world of 3D design and modeling.

“Whether you’re a professional 3D modeler or just a curious beginner, we invite you to join our community and upload, collaborate, and remix with us and inspire all new ways to create!” beckons Microsoft. You can see the Remix 3D team talk about the update in the video below:



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