Autodesk Announces Open DLP 3D Printer and Spark API

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Autodesk Announces Open DLP 3D Printer and Spark API

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Today at MakerCon Carl Bass, the president and chief executive officer of Autodesk, announced their first venture into open digital fabrication hardware, the yet-to-be-named “Autodesk 3D Printer.” The printer’s design files “will be made publicly available to allow for further development and experimentation.”

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In addition, they have also created Spark, an open (but not open source, think Android) 3D printing platform that will “serve as a reference implementation for Spark” and “demonstrate the power of the Spark platform.” Autodesk will be working on resin development both in-house and in collaboration with materials scientists from other companies.

More on Spark from Autodesk:

Spark is an open 3D printing software platform that sits between digital information and 3D printing hardware.  It will include the necessary algorithms (for example slicing and supports) to easily convert 3D models into the necessary format for 3D printing.  It will also include tools for checking and repair of 3D models, utilities for print preview that are compatible with mobile and desktop operating systems, cloud connectivity, and the ability to publish and share models.  Spark will be a highly extensible platform, with SDKs and APIs for software developers, materials engineers and designers who will be able to create software, services, and information on top of the platform.

Autodesk will license the basic aspects of the Spark platform for free to 3D printing manufacturers and software developers.  There will be some restrictions and usage guidelines to ensure a consistent user experience.

0 thoughts on “Autodesk Announces Open DLP 3D Printer and Spark API

  1. Tom Bielecki says:

    Seems to be a Marlin+Ramps equivalent for DLP, which is really needed right now because the resin based systems are so fragmented at the moment. I’m glad Autodesk has taken a big bet on 3D printing because it shows how important software is to the future of 3DP.

  2. Louie Donovan says:

    Awesome technology, is it already available in retail stores?
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  3. Mojo says:

    May i know this 3d printer price?

  4. Çelik Kapı says:

    perfect share

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Anna Kaziunas France is interested practical digital fabrication focused project documentation (anything that turns codes into things), as well as adventures in synthetic biology, biohacking, personal genomics and programmable materials.

She's currently working on the forthcoming book "Design for CNC: Practical Joinery Techniques, Projects, and Tips for CNC-routed Furniture".

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