Autodesk announced Wednesday an open software platform for 3-D printing called Spark, which will be open and freely licensable to manufacturers and others. The 3-D design and simulation software company also plans to introduce its own 3-D printer that it said will serve as a reference implementation for Spark. Its design will be available publicly for further development and experimentation, Autodesk said.
Both the Spark software platform and the printer will be available later this year, Autodesk said. “Together, these will provide the building blocks that product designers, hardware manufacturers, software developers and materials scientists can use to continue to explore the limits of 3D printing technology,” Carl Bass, Autodesk president and CEO, wrote in a blog post on Wednesday. Read More