Stratasys and Adobe launch new 3D print collaboration
Polymer 3D print solutions provider Stratasys has linked up with leading software company Adobe on a new venture offering artists and engineers the ability to create 3D-printed models from digital 3D renderings, without the need for additional technology investment.
The new collaboration will combine Adobe Substance 3D Painter and Stratasys PolyJet 3D printing technology, with the idea of turning on-screen designs into a physical models, but without having to invest in any extra software or outside processes.
Traditionally, both artists and engineers would need to use an additional external software application or process in order to prepare their designs ready for 3D printing, as without these tools, designs would not be printed with the colour or texture that there were created with in the computer design studio.
However, the new link-up between Stratasys and Adobe will remove this step, with users to benefit from a complete workflow setup, covering both the initial design and production of the physical model across the Adobe and Stratasys technologies.
Adobe Substance 3D tools can be used to create renderings for applications across a range of markets such as games, films, fashion, architecture, product design and consumer packaged goods.
When combined with 3D print kit, Substance software can be used to create product prototypes and package designs that can then be translated to 3D printed objects on Stratasys PolyJet printers, offering designers a physical model they can put to customers before proceeding with a project.
Users can include full colour, material and finish (CMF) models into their design process, with artists, designers and engineers able test various iterations of a product without added cost or time.
“This collaboration has allowed us to see our designs for the very first time in the physical world - which is every artist’s and designer’s dream,” said Pierre Maheut, head of strategic Initiatives and partnerships for 3D and immersive for Substance at Adobe.
“And to be honest, we have gotten a little bit emotional seeing our designs come to life and in a way that is so realistic.”
Pat Carey, senior vice president of strategic growth for Stratasys, added: “After seeing the amazing digital models created in Adobe Substance 3D, we challenged ourselves with being able to 3D print them, identically, in the real world, bringing them to life.
“We have not only accomplished our goal but have seen excitement from Adobe about what this means for their Substance users.”
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