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Martin King Martin King 19 November 2013

Nov 2013 Design Business Centre. “The internet changed the world in the 1990's. The world is about to change again.” So say the organisers of the international 3D Printshow and they do have a point.

I attended the 3D Print Show in London in early November primarily to find out about the software implications of these incredible machines and whether a completely new skill-base would need to be found once 3D Printers become more commonplace.

I was pleased to discover that one of the biggest players in the 3D Printing software market is actually Autodesk(www.autodesk.co.uk/) known primarily for its industry standard 3D software “Autocad” and “3D StudioMax”. Autodesk have a suite of free Apps for use with 3D printers under the Autodesk 123D banner.

These include: 123D, Creature, Design, Make, Sculpt, Catch, Tinkercad, Meshmixer and Circuits.

The guys on the Autodesk stand were informative and the software seems pretty easy to use particularly if you are up to speed with 3D Studio Max. This is definitely good news for the creative industry (as well as others), as there is good pool of people with strong 3D software skills who will only need to extend their knowledge slightly to get to grips with this dynamic software.

See and learn more at: www.123dapp.com

Whilst there I also spoke with the guys at Uformia (www.uformia.com) who have alternative 3D Printing software called “Symvol” which again works as a bolt on to the already popular 3D software Rhino. Symvol allows you to create both organic and mechanical objects that are always watertight and ideal for 3D printing. Their software “MeshUp" lets you blend shapes and allows your imagination to run riot.

Click below to find out more:

http://www.uformia.com/products/symvol-for-rhino

http://www.uformia.com/products/mesh-up

All in all a good informative afternoon. The future really is bright, the future is 3D!

Pictures include, the show, 3D printed car, fashion wear, movie props.

Other interesting applications and uses for 3D Printing:

http://tinyurl.com/qdt9ere

http://3dprintingindustry.com/medical/