The first quarter of 2014 was undoubtedly one of the more interesting and innovative ones when it comes to three-dimensional product solutions. 3D Systems has continued its expansion of products on offer in its 3D Printing 2.0 range at CES 2014 and revealed over a dozen new consumer products that will be available for purchase in the very near future. To compliment its first 3D Scanner, the Sense, 3D Systems revealed the haptic-based 3D mouse for more inuitive 3D modelling that closely replicates the physical sensations of sculpting. It also revealed the 3DMe Photobooth and its associated software.
About 3D Systems Touch – The Haptic Mouse Solution for 3D Printers
The Touch was designed to work with 3D Systems’ native software, Cubify Sculpt, which is more or less a sculpting application that was meant to resemble virtual clay and allows users to design their very own 3D models in a familiar environment. That is, if they’re familiar with clay sculpting to begin with. Those who aren’t might find themselves a bit lost for what’s going on, but with basic practice and a general awareness of what users are trying to accomplish, the majority should be able to come to terms with the software rather quickly.
The Touch is being priced at $499, which will include a digital copy of Cubify Sculpt, and the tentative release date is during the second quarter of 2014. The end product hasn’t been revealed to the world just yet, but will be shown on display for the first time at the 2014 International CES in Las Vegas, Nevada.
About 3DMe Photobooth
Besides the haptic mouse, 3D Systems also revealed its 3DMe Photobooth and associated software. This is a digital photography pod that includes a built-in 3D printer, which allows users to take their photos and create personalized objects like figurines in a matter of a few button presses.
The Photobooth is powered by 3D System’s cloud-hosting publishing platform, which means users will be able to later access their images on the Internet for printing and reconstruction elsewhere. However, it’s believed that the majority will use the Photobooth to create their objects right there and then.
The Photobooth takes up a similar space footprint to other commercially available photobooth pods and is expected to ship during the second quarter of 2014, with a wide range of other solutions made by 3D Systems.