Autodesk Unveils Plans for 3D Printer

In a move that helps cement its place in the world of digital manufacturing, Autodesk announced it will produce a branded 3D printer.
Autodesk will make a strong push into the additive manufacturing landscape, creating an open source 3D printing platform “Spark” that will simplify the printing process for everyone from materials engineers to hardware manufacturers and product designers. 

Built to be open source, Spark will apparently introduce a new protocol for streaming model data to printers and give users better visualization of their models before they hit print.

While a universal print terminal would be an excellent tool, Autodesk’s most interesting reveal was its 3D printer. Branded with the same Spark name, the machine will also be open source and create objects using a resin-curing SLA method. Unlike other SLA machines that use proprietary photo-resins, Bass and his company are hoping to entice users with the idea that its machine will accept any formulation of photo-reactive material. Given the fact that materials are likely to drive the future of AM technology that move could put quite a feather it Autodesk’s 3D printing hat. Beyond those details not much else is known about the Spark system. No build volumes, prices or layer resolutions have been released. … (Read more)