Mudding with Autodesk

By on April 16th, 2009 in blog


We’re always looking for ways to simplify the process of personal manufacturing, and Autodesk is pioneering a technology that we think might be able to break down some of the barriers.

According to a great blog post at Robinz CAD Blog, we’re seeing the results of Autodesk’s 2007 acquisition of SkyMatter, as Autodesk recently exhibited their “Mudbox” interface.

The Mudbox was demonstrated on a rather gigantic touch screen (we’d like to see the shipping crate for that one), but we suspect the technology would function on lesser touchscreens as well. By using multitouch gestures, Mudbox permits designers to shape their objects merely by twisting and dragging in a manner that is reminiscent of clay modeling, not 21st Century CAD. Be sure to watch the video to see how it really works.

We think that an interface like this could lower barriers for entry into the design space for many people. And more designers means more demand for software and devices, which should in theory lower prices, thus increasing demand, and so on. Best of all, it should increases the flow of creative objects.

One more thing: Has Apple seen this interface?

Via Robinz CAD Blog

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By Kerry Stevenson

Kerry Stevenson, aka "General Fabb" has written over 8,000 stories on 3D printing at Fabbaloo 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!

1 comment

  1. Hi, Thanks for the mention. It’s interesting to use this application on such cool hardware.

    There are still some challenges sensing the interaction but it certainly makes for a hands on experience. Would be great for layout design.

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