The new beta 6 of Autodesk's free 3D modelling tool includes a couple of very interesting features for 3D print operators. First, there's the ability to convert text into 3D shapes using solid creation tools. You can place vector text on any plane and then apply extrude, bend, taper or other deformations.
This, we feel, is really important because it permits people to highly personal objects. While people are typically amazed at the sight of an actual 3D print they can hold in their hands, they are even more startled when it has their name on it. It seems to be very psychological; the name means the object was made for them - and them only.
Oh yeah, there's a few more relevant new features, but the one we like is the addition of a few more primitive shapes to their extensive library, including the Rhombicuboctahedron and the Pentagonal Icositetrahedron & Deltoidalicositetrahedron Catalan polyhedrons. Got that?