New Bonus Pack Lets Engineers Order ZPrinted Models From AutoCAD 20092 Dec, 2008
Users can order 3D models online, have them printed and shipped for quick turnout.
Announced today at Autodesk University 2008, Z Corporation's ZPrints enables designers and engineers to click a button in AutoCAD 2009, order a 3D model online, and have it printed and shipped to them immediately for review with colleagues, customers, and partners. AutoCAD produces 3D models that convert to industry-standard 3D printing data (STL). According to the company, ZPrints leverages the newly available 3D printing functionality that has been introduced to AutoCAD subscription customers via a new bonus pack.
"We're excited to partner with Z Corporation to bring new 3D printing services to AutoCAD users," said Guri Stark, Autodesk vice-president, AutoCAD and platform products. "This service will help our customers bring products to market in less time and at less cost by using physical models that enable them to experience their designs before they are real."
ZPrints represents a partnership between Z Corporation 3D printing technology and Quickparts, a rapid prototyping service provider.
"It's great to see Autodesk responding to the increasing customer demand for enhanced 3D printing capabilities in AutoCAD," said John Kawola, Z Corporation chief executive officer. "We're confident customer expectations will be met and surpassed with the ZPrints service, based on the Z Corporation technology foundation."