Our preferred on-demand 3D print service i.materialise launched a new service today - Sketch to 3D - and we’re happy to have a helping hand in it by being the CAD service provider for this new service.
3D printing has become more accessible, more cost-efficient and in general more popular but a lot of people who dream of making stuff to their own design lack the skills of creating the necessary 3D print model. With the new Sketch to 3D service they can upload their idea (be it a hand drawn and scanned sketch, a simple drawing they did on their computer, or even a photograph of an object), describe the details like material, dimensions, color, detailing and 48 working hours later i.materialise sends them a link to a finished print-ready 3D model. All they then need to do is to hit the "Print" button.
As i.materialise so nicely puts it in their blog post (they also have some great examples of 3D printed things, check it out):
The democratization of manufacuring has now reached you. Now you have no excuse, you can now 3D print whatever you want to.
So, how does GrabCAD partner with i.materialise on this? All these sketch-to-model orders arrive in our system, we review them and post to our engineers who get the job done. Simple as that. With over 2500 engineers in our community we always have someone ready to pick up the job and boom! another satisfied customer.
Have an idea for a gift to your partner, parents, a personalized lamp shade or a titanium ring? Head over to i.materialise and print it out.