29 Jun '12, 1pm

"3D Printers' Role Fueled by Content Tools"

There's been tons of attention and excitement here and elsewhere (and rightly so) about the spate of new, low-cost 3D printers that promise to make the technology far more accessible to hobbyists and even small engineering shops. But one of the big roadblocks in promoting the so-called mainstreaming of 3D printing is content creation. Let's face it. Not everyone is a whiz with CAD software. A number of companies are trying to tackle the content creation challenge. We've chronicled such efforts by firms like 3D Systems, with its acquisition of the Alibre low-cost CAD software , and Autodesk, with its work on 123D Catch and 123D Make . The 123D Catch tool, available now on the iPad as well as on Windows platforms, is essentially a phone scene editor that lets anyone with a mobile phone or tablet camera (or, yes, a high-end digital SLR camera) take a series of photographs and...

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