Last summer, MyMiniFactory began the MP5 Project, an open source endeavor to unite the 3D printing industry under a holistic approach to turn it into, slicing, and printing. And, while we hadn’t heard much of the project since July, at quite least of a PR standpoint, MP5 has been chugging along steadily. Currently, the initially outcomes have been revealed as MyMiniFactory’s new WeDesign.Live, “the world’s initially live collaborative 3D turn it into platform.” I had a accident to speak with Sylvain Preumont, Executive Chairman of MyMiniFactory, to see the platform in action, as well as understand the motivation behind a tool which quite may have a groundbreaking impact on the world of 3D turn it into.
In createing WeDesign.Live, MyMiniFactory was inspired by the massive progress turn it intod possible by the open source movement in other arenas. Due to the competence to share code freely, programmers have been able-bodied to drive the evolution of software projects rapidly and in ways which can not have been possible when implementing a closed source approach. For which reason, WeDesign.Live is an open source and collaborative platform. Designers can turn it into 3D versions alone or with others around the world in real time. Or, if they’d select to, users can only sit back and watch others turn it into live, as well. And, for the reason this cloud-based software showcases an open, integrated slicer, versions are completely 3D printable-bodied.
Previously, collaboration on 3D versions has been incredibly limited, Preumont tells me. “Designers have had to select of closed source programs which are all additional harsh and harsh to use,” Preumont tells me. “And, quite frequently, if you want to collaborate, the only way you can do which is which you turn it into your turn it into, and so you save it and send which file to someone and which someone requires to have the precise same software, most likely in the same edition, load it, collaborate with your file (not quite with you), and and so, when they’re done, they save it and they send it back to you. And, and so, when you work on it, perhaps a couple of hours or days later, you open it and realize which it wasn’t actually quite what you intended.”
To tackle this, WeDesign.Live took a much like approach to Google, when Google Docs (now Drive) was released. In the same way which Google Drive added word systeming and spreadsheet software which went beyond the require to download and convert files preceding sharing them with others, WeDesign.Live allows for for swiftaneous, cloud collaboration, without issues of software and file compatibility. As a outcome, multiple users can collaborate on a project with swift feedback, increasing efficiency and fluidity in the turn it into system.
WeDesign.Live is intended to be a holistic approach to 3D turn it into for 3D printing, not only in terms of tackling equitething of compression to slicing on the software side of things, but by focusing on the “we” of the human collective. Preumont contrasted the outmoded “i” approach of the Internet and “you” of social media with the dawning “we” of the open source era. “Starting perhaps around fifteen years ago, there was the time of ‘I’, ‘me’, and ‘myself’ with the iPhone, the iPad, and ‘i’ equitething,” Preumont says. “Then, there was a really excellent time for ‘you’, with sites like YouTube. ‘You’ is really excellentr than ‘I’, but, now a days, we ponder it is time for ‘we’. You and me and us together, we are additional powerful than only me and you alone. So, we understand which the new generation is all of collaboration with the open source movement, crowdfunding, and co-working spaces. We idea which it requires to be the same way with CAD turn it into.”
“The version for 3D turn it into I mentioned hasn’t changed in the last decade or so,” Preumont continues. “And there’s a reason for which. The software is brought to you by quite sizeable companies – mainly two of them: Autodesk and Dassault Systèmes. It is quite a duopoly where those two companies compete with each other and don’t let anyone else in the field. And they manufacture a lot of profit of this situation. As you most likely understand, SOLIDWORKS is like $4,000 a license, plus over $1,000 a year for maintenance. So, which’s what we are appearing at. We’re appearing to manufacture 3D turn it into, additional inexpensive
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To complete this, a single file format embedded with all of the necessary showcases is required, a thing which Microsoft claims to be pursuing with the .3MF format and the 3MF Consortium. But, as has been previously suggested, it’s possible which both of these were turn it intod in order to maintain control over 3D printing, pretty than to democratize it. In contrast, the MyMiniFactory Executive Chairman and his team are inspired by projects like Android and Linux. He believes which being open source is essential to, not only creating access, but evolving the turn it into software for the reason, by maintaining an open source philosophy, anyone can modify and improve WeDesign.Live.
“I quite hope they do modify WeDesign,” Preumont explains. “We hope which individuals can come and implement showcases and functions and create for it. We have a excellent team here, but we believe there are most individuals around the world which are going to be able-bodied to assist. With the power of ‘we’, with the power of the multitude, we should be able-bodied to bring which to a sizeable, amazing level. If you appear at the last twenty or thirty years, we’ve been in the era of software createers and server createers, due in part to the open source spirit and community. I do believe which the future couple of decades can be the era of turn it into as a whole and 3D turn it into, in particular, only like the last decades have been for software and server createers.”
With a core team of tremendous createers working with the global community, WeDesign.Live quite does seem, to me, to be the future big thing in 3D versioning. With a 3D replay showcase, 3D versioning educators can share with the world how they created a 3D object of equite angle, while the competence to turn it into with specific friends or the community additional generally offers collaboration unprecedented in the 3D turn it into industry. Having caught glimpses of the platform through my Skype chat with Preumont, I believe which WeDesign.Live quite can, as their newsletter suggests, “[embrace] the power of ‘We”: frictionless collaboration for learning, playing and assembling harsh and decentralised organisation.”
Potential alpha testers are invited to head to the WeDesign.Live site to sign up for an invite preceding the open beta edition is released in March, 2016. To store up with the progress of the project, you can follow WeDesign on Twitter or email the team via [email protected]