Spark: Autodesk’s 3D Printing Announcement

Autodesk Spark hit the Internet with a bang yesterday when Carl Bass blogged about Autodesk’s new push into the 3D printing realm. Spark is an open source 3D printer software platform that Autodesk plans to roll out later this year. Along with the software, Autodesk is also rolling out it’s own 3D printer it is calling a “reference implementation” of the Spark software.


This is certainly an exciting development for the 3D printing community as it certainly will put some muscle behind the push to put 3D printing into the mainstream. I can certainly attest to some of the frustrations with the current array of software available that you use to manipulate your model into something you’ll understand. It’s sometime a guess on how it will print, wasting valuable time and resources.


Read about it on Develop3D | More information can be found on the Autodesk Spark Website.

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Showcase is back in Product Design Suite 2015

Sanity sometimes always prevails and Autodesk has reversed its decision to remove Showcase from Product Design Suite 2015. It’s now back in the lineup and confirmed on the Autodesk website in both the premium and ultimate versions of Product Design Suite 2015.

Product Design Suite Premium includes Inventor, AutoCAD, AutoCAD Mechanical, AutoCAD Raster Design, AutoCAD ReCap, Vault Basic, 3DS Max Design, Navisworks Simulate and Showcase. Ultimate includes the products included in Premium with the addition of Inventor Professional, Navisworks Manage, AutoCAD Electrical and Alias Design.



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Autodesk dumping the PC in favor of 100% mobile

Autodesk announced today it’s intent to completely drop all support for its PC and Mac based software and fully embrace the mobile market by only delivering the next release of products to the mobile market.

Sitting in front of a computer all day can be tedious and boring, Autodesk intends to keep up with the trend of staring at your phone all day by bringing our software solely to you phone or tablet device. This allows us to focus on specific platforms while also freeing up more time to stare at our own phones.

Along with this announcement, comes the following initial suite of products:

  • Inventor for iOS
  • AutoCAD Mobile
  • Revit for Android

Inventor for iOS comes with a cool new technology that Autodesk has developed called “shake-to-design”. You simply start with a sketch and start developing critical part features. When you hit a mental roadblock or need help finishing your design a simple shake of your phone and the design will be completed for you in the most logical method possible.

I personally can not wait to get my hands on some of these products, and look forward to being 100% mobile with all of my CAD based applications.

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