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Autodesk Spark

Autodesk has been a leader in the field of engineering CAD companies.  According to Eureka Magazine, though, they’re about to branch out into a whole new industry.

“Carl Bass, Autodesk’s CEO recently revealed ahead of an appearance at the MakerCon conference in California that Autodesk is launching two new technology innovations…first is an open software platform for 3D printing called Spark, which will make it more reliable [and] simpler to print 3D models, and easier to control how that model is actually printed.”

“Second, Autodesk will introduce its own 3D printer that will serve as a reference implementation for Spark…the machine itself uses stereolithography rather than the extrusion technique favored by most existing budget printers.  According to Bass: ‘We’re making a printer that, rather than just being able to load in proprietary materials, you can load in any material you want.  You can formulate your own polymers and experiment with those.  That’s an important next step because we think material science is a breakthrough that has to happen to make [the industry] go from low-volume 3D printed stuff to where it really starts changing manufacturing.”

As for Spark, the software “will be open and freely licensable to hardware manufacturers and others who are interested.  The same applies to the 3D printer – the complete design of which will be made publicly available to allow for further development and experimentation.  The printer will be able to use a broad range of materials made by Autodesk and by others.”

Bass explained, “For years, I have been fascinated by the promise and frustrated by the reality of 3D printing…the world is just beginning to realize the potential of additive manufacturing, and with Spark, we hope to make it possible for many more people to incorporate 3D printing into their design and manufacturing process.  Over the coming months we will be working with hardware manufacturers to integrate the Spark platform with current and future 3D printers.”

Image and Quotes Courtesy of Eureka Magazine

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