Adobe Photoshop CC Brings 3D Printing to the Design World

Adobe recently announced new 3D printing capabilities in Adobe Photoshop CC as part of a major update to Adobe Creative Cloud, which will be available immediately. The new 3D printing capabilities help creatives to design in 3D from scratch or refine an existing 3D model and produce beautiful, print-ready 3D models using familiar Photoshop tools.
With the update, 3D designs can be printed to a locally connected 3D printer or via built-in access to popular online 3D print services. Photoshop CC 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.
Photoshop automatically analyzes the model and goes through a number of steps to prepare a print such as: scaling the output to printer capabilities, repairing mesh to ensure the model is water tight or in a solid form for printing, controlling the printer itself (heat-up, materials choices, estimated print time) and re-rendering of the file for the printer you’re using. Photoshop also provides the option to automatically generate support structures (scaffolding and raft) to properly reinforce the model as it is being printed.

This is great news for those 3D printing community. Personally I think that 3D printing is the future. With Adobe Photoshop CC supporting 3D printing, we can expect 3D printing to go mainstream soon.

1 comment

  1. It is good to see that so many of the products that we know and love are already adapting to make 3D printing more accessible and user-friendly. I think you’re right about it going mainstream. It can’t be stopped now!
    Thank you for the post.

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