We continue to develop desktop applications. In fact, we are working on the 2015 versions of our HERO applications; however, in parallel, we are also working on cloud-based solutions. Project Shapeshifter is our free technology preview from Autodesk Research group in Israel created to assist designers and makers cope with the task of modeling complex 3D printable geometries in a simple way. It is cloud-based.
Project Shapeshifter is built on top of a 3D Patterning Engine that offers an alternative approach to generative design, avoiding scripting of any kind. Project Shapeshifter offers a simple slider based interface for shaping a 3D mesh object parametrically. With Project Shapeshifter, exploring design alternatives is an easy and playful task. Project Shapeshifter allows creating complex models for 3D Printing directly from the web browser.
Yesterday the team updated the web server with code that provides a new topology that you allows to create a whole new set of complex 3D objects in a simple way. With no download and install required, that makes it immediately available to you. The team now plans on collecting your feedback on the technology preview until April 30, 2014. So give it a try and let them know what you think at firstname.lastname@example.org or the forum on the Autodesk Feedback Community site.
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Uploading the result to Autodesk meshmixer can assist in creating efficient support structure that enables 3D Printing on FDM printers like the MakerBot Replicator 2.
Shapely creations are alive in the lab.