The convenience – not to mention the cool factor – of being able to print 3D items is hard to ignore. Imagine being able to print your own iPhone cases. How about little TARDISes and bobbleheads of your favorite fictional characters? Heck, why stick with fictional characters? If you’re the obsessive type, you could even 3D print a real person in your life!
While 3D printers may not be found in every household – yet – I think that it’s pretty safe to say that we will get there some day. After all, it used to be that inkjet or laser printers were not that easy to come by. With manufacturers such as Makerbot coming up with 3D printers that do not cost an arm and a leg – a little less than $3,000 for the Replicator, a desktop 3D printer – we’ll probably be seeing more of these beasts at home.
But 3D printing is not just about the machine. Of course, that is essential, but 3D printing software is just as essential; and that’s where software shops like Adobe come into play.
As a testament to the continuing rise of 3D printing, Adobe has introduced 3D printing support, which will allow you create all sorts of 3D-printed items straight from Photoshop!
Adobe’s vice president of products for its Creative Media Solutions team, Winston Hendrickson says that:
The new 3D print capabilities in Photoshop CC take the guess work out of printing 3D models for everyone. Before today, there was a gap between the content produced in 3D modeling tools and what 3D printers need in order to deliver high quality results. Now, by simply clicking ‘Print’ in Photoshop CC, creatives can bring 3D designs to the physical world.
The software is compatible with most 3D printers out there, and if you do not have one of your own yet, you can easily send your design to someone else who can print it out for you!
Time to start saving up…
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