Adobe has unveiled new 3D printing capabilities in Adobe Photoshop CC, in a bid to become the go-to tool for anyone who wants to print a 3D model.
Available immediately as part of a major update to Adobe Creative Cloud, the new 3D printing capabilities integrated in Photoshop CC enable Creative Cloud members to ebuild, refine, preview, prepare and print 3D designs, setting the stage for explosive growth in the 3D printing market.
According to the software giant, the new 3D printing capabilities also help creatives to design in 3D from scratch or refine an existing 3D model and produce print-ready 3D models using familiar Photoshop tools.
Automated mesh repair and support structure generation ensure models will also be produced, while previews allow creatives to submit print jobs with confidence.
“The new 3D print capabilities in Photoshop CC take the guess work out of printing 3D models for everyone,” says Winston Hendrickson, vice president products, Creative Media Solutions, Adobe.
“Before today there was a gap between the content produced by 3D modelling tools and what 3D printers need in order to deliver high quality results.
“Now, by simply clicking ‘Print’ in Photoshop CC, creatives can bring 3D designs to the physical world.”
Following the release of Photoshop CC, designs can be printed to a locally connected 3D printer or via built-in access to popular online 3D print services.
Photoshop CC supports the most popular desktop 3D printers, such as the MakerBot Replicator, and also supports the full range of high quality materials available on Shapeways -- the 3D printing community and marketplace -- including ceramics, metals, and full colour sandstone.
Additionally, Photoshop users can now directly upload their 3D models to the Sketchfab 3D publishing service, and embed them in their Behance profile using Sketchfab’s interactive 3D viewer.
“We’re thrilled to partner with Adobe to help kick-start the delivery of 3D content to their highly creative users," adds Peter Weijmarshausen, CEO and Co-Founder, Shapeways, the world’s leading online 3D printing marketplace and community.
"We’re focused on making 3D printing accessible and affordable for people all over the world.
“By teaming up with Adobe, we're making it easy for designers and creatives to turn ideas into reality, using Shapeway's highest quality 3D printing technologies."