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Autodesk Sparks Interest in 3D Printing
6/24/2014

The Autodesk Spark 3D printer.(Source: Autodesk)
The Autodesk Spark 3D printer.
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Ann R. Thryft
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Re: More control = ?
Ann R. Thryft   6/30/2014 6:28:29 PM
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Cabe, at the link given in the article, Autodesk's description says Spark is open platform, which isn't at all the same thing as open source that your article states. I find it much easier to believe Autodesk is going open platform than open source. Open platform usually means based on open standards, such as software with a fully documented, published API, or hardware based on a non-proprietary OS and/or chips. Open source means you get access to the source code and can modify it. An example from ancient tech history: open platform is what happened when Cisco lost its proprietary death grip on the router market in the 1990s because others started building routers with Intel chips and the Microsoft OS, vs Cisco's own proprietary ASICs running their proprietary OS.

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Cabe Atwell   6/30/2014 5:04:39 PM
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When the CAD software understands the material limitation, it can offer recommendations to the part design. IE: a flange has to be "x" thick to support "y" amount of stress.

Though, I think their plan is abit more nebulous right now. 

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RE: Hopes for the Near Future.
AnandY   6/28/2014 5:58:16 AM
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Autodesk bringing in such a technology is a big step towards the improvement of technology. A 3D printer is one thing that can revolutionize all office activities if offices start using them. This means quality work in offices and good results in return. What the company now should do is make this technology affordable to the average consumer and this definitely will benefit both the consumer and the producer at the same time.

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Ann R. Thryft   6/27/2014 11:07:16 AM
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Cabe, I was asking what kind of added control over the printer this software adds? More control over what? Properties of printed parts?

Cabe Atwell
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Cabe Atwell   6/27/2014 3:14:55 AM
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More control, since the CAD software is directly connected to the printer, so to speak. It is a step up on most printers today, but not for long. CAD to printer seems to be the popular trend.

Also, good to see another resin printer on the market.

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Ann R. Thryft
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More control = ?
Ann R. Thryft   6/26/2014 12:31:05 PM
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Thanks for reporting this, Cabe. I've been wondering what, if anything, Autodesk was planning in the 3D printing space. To go open source is an interesting and significant move by a major supplier. But how exactly does Spark software give uses more control over the printing process? Does this mean specifying the properties of printed parts, such as material type, stress tolerance, and mechanical properties?

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Re: Hopes for the near future
William K.   6/25/2014 4:43:30 PM
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It seems like AutoDesk is making a smart business move. It would be interesting to see all the details of their business plan.

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Hopes for the near future
Randolph Garrison   6/25/2014 10:06:01 AM
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I used autocad for a number of years, however it is time to learn 3D cad.  I had started working with a free down load of Design Spark when the news was released that AutoDesk had purchased them.  I am plesed to hear that AutoDesk is keeping it available at least for now.  I could hope for some standardization with Auto CAD to make life easier.



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