ZEdit Unleashed

The big news this week was Z Corp's announcement of new software: ZEdit Pro, which is used to develop 3D designs suitable for printing on 3D printers. Of course, the software just happens to be optimized for use in Z Corp's line of 3D printers, but we suspect it works with other devices as well. Why not just use any old 3D modeling tool? Here's a few good reasons:

  • ZEdit ensures that the designs are actually printable - some 3D designs cannot easily be printed as portions of the model may require structural support during the printing process, and ZEdit will account for this.
  • It appears that ZEdit may be able to break apart designs into components which can be printed separately (in low-volume build chambers) and then assembled later using pre-calculated pins and holes to produce full size models (note pins in image).
  • ZEdit Pro can handle modeling formats not originally intended for printing, such as those used in the Gaming and Entertainment industries.
  • Color and texture design is now easily accomplished, as ZEdit includes simple a very user-friendly interface.


This move is reminiscent of Apple: publishing easy to use software that is tied to a hardware device. Will Z Corp be the Apple of 3D?

 

USD$2,500, available now. Oh, and you'll find a copy tucked into the box of any new Z Corp printer you buy these days too.

Via ZCorp

General Fabb

Kerry Stevenson, aka "General Fabb" has been writing Fabbaloo posts since he launched the venture in 2007, with an intention to promote and grow the incredible technology of 3D printing across the world. So far, it seems to be working!

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