The overall problem with 3D printing so far is that the technique has been highly tech-savvy and therefore has mainly been interesting for technical people and profession designers. However, most of us aren’t anything near that and that is exactly what makes the new iPad app by MakerBot so interesting. Let us introduce you to makerBot’s PrintShop app: an easy-to-use app, with which anyone could build a 3D model, ready to print it out in real life.
And the good news: it’s a free app – which is probably because the 3D printing company wants to extend its reach. We mean: the more people that are into 3D printing, the bigger MakerBot could become. However, before deciding whether or not you’d like to step into the world of 3D modeling by MakerBot, it’s good to know what this particular app can offer you. At first, because of its user-friendly nature, the app uses a clear interface, with not too many options. Users can create their own 3D models in a couple of minutes or use a design from a curated collection of simple, easy-to-print models.
The company has started its app with three different tools: Type Maker, Ring Maker and Bracelet Maker. The first one is meant to 3D print letters, nameplates, signs, word combinations and more. With Ring Maker, a user can easily create rings in all sorts of forms. What do you think of a tea cup ring? Or a viking ring? Well, the same kind of thing is also possible with the Bracelet Maker tool, with which users can create abstract bracelets in a variety of shapes.
In a statement, MakerBot’s CEO Bre Pettis shows a lot of enthusiasm about this app. He even thinks this particular app could help bringing 3D printing to the masses. Quite a statement, really: “With the introduction of MakerBot PrintShop, we believe we have finally provided a piece of software that helps bring 3D printing to the masses. We have removed the obstacle of not knowing 3D design to be able to 3D print. MakerBot PrintShop takes that challenge out of the equation and makes 3D printing fun and easy, as well as accessible for all ages and skill levels.”
It definitely sounds like a good option for anyone who’s unexperienced in 3D modeling, but who’s searching for the perfect introduction into the 3D world. However, we certainly don’t want to hype things, and we would therefore like to say: go and find out yourself whether this app will help you to create the 3D models you like or not. You can download it – once again: for free – in the app store by iTunes.