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Introducing the Autodesk 3D Printer

There are several companies right now such as MakerBot and 3D Systems that are producing lower-end 3D printers which make them accessible to a wide range of people. However, they will now have another printer to compete with that’s being made by Autodesk.

Autodesk has just recently announced that it is introducing a 3D printer that includes an open-software 3D printing platform which is called Spark. The printer along with the software platform will be available soon and are expected to be somewhere in the $5,000 range.

Autodesk is making it their goal to become the go-to provider for more advanced 3D printing enthusiasts in addition to those who utilize 3D printers for business reasons. The company stated that their software combined with the printer will “provide the building blocks that product designers, hardware manufacturers, software developers, and materials scientists can use to continue to explore the limits of 3D printing technology.”

It is estimated that the 3D printing market is currently worth around $2.5 billion, but is expected to reach as high as $16.2 billion in the next 5 years.

3d printerIn terms of competition, the Autodesk has to content against MakerBot’s Replicator 2X which costs around $2,500 and the 3D System’s Cube 3 which is about $1,000. Despite the large price difference between these 3D printers and Autodesk’s latest addition, it is expected to give these other companies a good run for their money because of the number of additional programs they offer.

One of the things that Autodesk has is the 123D suite full of modeling tools which includes AutoCAD, which has been a mainstay for both designers and modelers since its initial introduction. A huge benefit of Autodesk is that their software and hardware are being sold with an “open and freely licensable” design, so that anyone can see exactly how it works, experiment with it, and make changes.

The reason for this is that they want people to be able to make improvements and continue to freely develop this fairly new technology. This is also a huge selling points as businesses who are looking to utilize 3D printing in their design and development have the ability to make modifications that will allow them to use their Autodesk 3D printer how they want and to make changes so that it will better suit their needs.


Three College Courses That Rely On 3D Modeling Lessons

It is much easier for the human mind to interpret graphical messages, as opposed to sounds or words. And that is why in today’s world, 3D graphics modeling has become a basic communication skill. Any individual interested in expressing any abstract ideas must seriously consider pursuing 3D modeling courses. Now considering that graphics design is still a wide green field, getting a perfect customize course fitted for your expression needs may be a big challenge. For this reason, many major college courses have been tailored to incorporate a uniquely specialized 3D modeling lessons. Here are three study courses that have done it successfully.

1. Classical Engineering Courses

engineeringNo engineer is considered one, unless he/she has mastered 3D designs modeling, since it is the only way an engineer can communicate successfully to their clients. This is why undergraduates in this field spend a lot of time studying graphics modeling theories. The heavier version of engineering courses, such as architectural, geo spatial, mechanical and civil engineering, have more detailed 3d modeling classes, as compared to the lighter ones, namely telecommunications and electrical engineering.

It is only engineers that get a chance to study 3D modeling in both traditional (paper based learning) and modern (software based learning) approaches. This makes them the cream of the crop in the design field.

2. Computer Science and IT related courses

computer scienceThe second group of courses that rely heavily on 3D modeling skills is computing and information technology. A good computer scientist or IT expert needs to have competent computer graphics skills. This will help them make good user interfaces for all the applications they make.

Owing to the fact that computer programming originates in this study fields, CS and IT students get the chance to study software graphics design deeply. In some cases, they will be required to develop their own graphics software.

3. Medicine and Health related course

medicineIn comparison to the two course groups above, the case is slightly different. Students in this field are probably the biggest consumers of 3D graphics modeling than any other courses. Thus, a medicine student must study graphics design, not because they want to develop new designs, but because it’s important for them to understand the process used to create their learning material. Such a group of student will only get the basic lessons.

In conclusion, it should be noted that graphics design also exist in some colleges as a separate course of its own.Individuals who desire to specialize in 3D modeling, should consider enrolling for this course.