It's Friday afternoon, so play around with this tool to get a slice of Norway 3D printed for a mantelplace heirloom. The folks at Bengler have pulled the open data from the Norwegian Mapping Authority to allow you to print your own slice of the landscape, or send if off to Shapeways, where they'll print it with gypsum and colored ink for about $100.
We're not in the situation yet where there's a 3D printer in every home and school, but the race of becoming the dominant platform for sharing and selling designs for 3D objects is getting more and more crowded. In Lithuania we have CGtrader, which we covered in February, and now out of Stockholm 3D Burrito has popped up on the scene.
“I love to make stuff with my 3D printer, but like most people I'm not a designer," says Max David, CEO and co-founder. "We created the 3D Burrito marketplace for people like us.”
Tinkercad has released a major update to get users designing and printing their 3D objects right away. The new release makes it painless to get to the CAD design tools, and leads users right into the design "quests" that teach the basics of creating objects in Tinkercad. For those without a consumer 3D printer at home, the release includes an integration with the 3D printing service offered by Ponoko, joining the the previously integrated services from Shapeways and i.Materialise. Tinkercad also supports leading consumer 3D printers like the MakerBot.
Tinkercad is new Finnish start-up that offers software for 3D solid CAD modeling in the browser. Founded 6 months ago, Tinkercad launched public beta this week. We talked with one of the founders, Kai Backman, who shared the story behind Tinkercad and its future potential. 'When living in US I noticed a growing trend of maker movement and 3D printing', Kai shared.
A growing number of people are interested in building things by themselves or customizing existing products. At the same time, 3D printers are becoming smaller and more affordable (though they would still cost at least a couple of thousand plus materials). 'The problem is that 3D printers are computer driven (you need to have a computer file to be able to print the part) but the existing software is designed for printing fighter jets', Kai added. Tinkercad seeks to bridge that gap by offering a tool that does not require engineering background to use.