|By Jayaram Krishnaswamy||
|May 22, 2014 09:34 PM EDT||
- Launch of Open Source 3D printing software platform called SPARK
- Introduction of a 3D Printing machine of its own with a reference implementation of SPARK
Autodesk is doing all of this to provide building blocks to product designers, harware manugfacturers and material scientists.
SPARK ) is open and licensable to hardware manufacturers and the Reference Printer design will also be openly available.
Both SPARK and the 3D Printer will be available at the end of this year according to sources:
This should generate enough competition to the early starters in this field like, Dassault Systemes, Stratasys, DDD (3-D), VoxelJet, ExOne and many others (there are very many to name). However many of them have suffered set backs in recent days.