Adobe aids 3D printing

Adobe has updated the 3D printing capabilities of Photoshop CC, making it easier to design 3D objects in a print-ready format. The new features include automated mesh repair and support structure generation for more robust models while accurate previews allow creatives to submit print jobs with confidence.
Photoshop supports the most popular desktop 3D printers, such as the MakerBot Replicator, and also supports the full range of high quality materials available on Shapeways — the 3D printing community and marketplace — including ceramics, metals, and full color sandstone. Additionally, Photoshop users can now directly upload their 3D models to the Sketchfab 3D publishing service, and embed them in their Behance profile using Sketchfab’s interactive 3D viewer.
In theory, this should boost the 3D printing market, which is starting to gather pace now, with several shops selling the printers and materials in London. Paul Liaw, jewellery designer and sculptor, commented: “My design process is so much easier with the new 3D printing support options in Adobe Photoshop CC. I can make my jewellery designs look beautiful and automate the process of using the least amount of material without going under the printable threshold—this back and forth used to take about 80 percent of my time!”

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