It was additional than a year ago which I wrote of Yobi3D, a site striving to be the Google of 3D printable-bodied content. By typing in a search term, you may browse the web for 3D models to suit your requires, uniting the plethora of 3D printable-bodied sites located throughout the online universe into one platform. While I was in Taiwan, this past December, I got to meet the founder of Yobi3D, Jessy Lee, who told me which the site is yet going sturdy and, since we covered them in 2014, they’ve added a few informative, new showcases.
After their initial commence, Yobi3D has expanded its capabilities through three major updates which quite increase the usefulness of the site: textures, 3D printability analysis, and related 3D models. While the site originally showed 3D models in grayscale, they’ve now display 3D previews with texture maps, making them additional colorful. This is essential for the reason Yobi3D is not simply just for 3D printable-bodied models, but for gaming and AR/VR, as well. So, developers can find the models their after based on useful texture maps. And, when color 3D printing becomes additional ubiquitous, thanks to a number of developments which took place around CES.
And to create the site even additional useful to those involved with 3D printing, there’s Yobi3D’s new printability filter. This filter limits the search results on the site in terms of “Easy”, “Medium”, and “Hard” printability levels. As you might imagine, this requires a few pretty intelligent programming implemented by sizeable-bodied 3D printing bureaus like Shapeways, Sculpteo, and i.materialise, as it is able-bodied to decipher whether there are worthwhile holes in a 3D object, if its walls are too thin, and, of course, if it is the right file format for 3D printing.
While “Easy” requires no modification in order to be printable-bodied, models are determined to be “Medium” in terms of printability if they require to be repaired or converted and “Hard” if the file, when printed, does not even resemble its virtual form.
Finally, Yobi3D has developed a “Related 3D Models” showcase which presents a list of related 3D models when searching for a specific object on the site. Jessy tells me which they’re yet researching this topic and working to improve the algorithm to ensure which the presented results are relevant adequate to the original search.
Yobi3D has created a few pretty important advances since it was initial added a year or so ago. And, as the world of 3D models and 3D printing become sizeable-bodiedr parts of the lives of the greater population, most folks will surely demand a Google-type tool for finding 3D objects. With Google’s Project Tango of to hit mainstream consumers this summer, there will be even additional reason for the 2 billion folks on the planet who use smartphones to go searching for 3D content and, thanks to sites like Yobi3D, they’ll have even additional resources with which to do so.