When you’re thinking about squeezing those mashed taters between your fingers and your elbow skin starts to flare, it usually means one thing. You have a hankering for some completely unfettered week-night sculpting insanity. Now, you have quite a few options out there, the newest of which is Cubify Sculpt. 3D Systems announced the new program as part of their Cubify community site which offers up 3D printing and 3D printers.

Last week we saw SketchFab’s web-based sculpting tool SculptFab hit the web, an app based on open source sculpting software. Cubify Sculpt is based on “3D Systems’ volumetric CAD engine” which means Geomagic Freeform, the voxel technology acquired from the Sensable 3D Design and Haptics Businesses in April of 2012. In fact, you’ll find reference to the Geomagic/Sensable patent in the Cubify Sculpt About info.

With Cubify Sculpt you can start with a preset primative (cube, sphere, cylinder, cone) or import .stl, .obj, .ply or .cly (clay) format. You can also export the same formats along with ZCorp .zcp, Actify .3D and KeyShot .bip. The interface has your basic sculpt tools– sculpt, stretch, smooth, smudge, emboss, tug and mirror with draw, pipe, emboss along curve to help guide your shaping tool. Cubify Sculpt won’t give you the capabilities of higher end software like ZBrush or modo, but at $129, it’s a good intro software for producing 3D geometry on the fly.

For 3D Systems this continues their content-to-print plans, laying a clear path from ideation to creation. It also get’s the idea across that they are a better solution to make that happen. Think about it. What 3D software developer can say they have a grip on the entire product development process from modeling (software) to printing (hardware). None. None in the traditional manufacturing sense or the new ‘manufacturing revolution’ sense. That’s not to say 3D Systems isn’t lacking. They’ve got the platform covered, the software covered, the hardware covered–you could do it all online… if you didn’t need file management or large amounts of storage.

That’s where the other 3D software companies become more relevant, Autodesk among the rest. Autodesk has the 123D platform with the software that sits in the same niche. They bring in file management, file storage and increase options with cloud-based services. However, that’s all part of the separate Autodesk 360 platform, plus they lack machines. I surmised in the past that Autodesk may consume Makerbot, but as we know, that prize has gone to Stratasys, a company grounded in 3D printing equipment and service. For an exclusive product development workflow to work the platform is paramount, the software and the hardware are integral. All should work together. 3D System has all the components in place, now they can start integrating their acquisitions and extending the capability–which they’ve already begun to do. The all-in-one development pipeline. It’s a direction we’re heading toward more each day and 3D Systems sits out in front.

The Cubify Sculpt interface on import of an .stl file.
The Cubify Sculpt interface on import of an .stl file.

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3D Systems Launches Cubify Sculpt

ROCK HILL, S.C., Aug. 14, 2013 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — 3D Systems (NYSE:DDD) announced today the immediate availability of Cubify® Sculpt, a powerful virtual clay sculpting tool that transforms 3D modeling from a complex, skills-centric design experience to a simple, intuitive sculpting delight for everyone. Cubify Sculpt, powered by 3D Systems’ volumetric CAD engine, is ideal for the freeforming of organic shapes with ready-to-print output. Cubify Sculpt comes with a 14-day free trial, is priced at $129 and available now on Cubify.

A photo accompanying this release is available at http://www.globenewswire.com/newsroom/prs/?pkgid=20449

Cubify Sculpt packs a powerful feature set that includes embossing with textures, adding color with paint for full color 3D printing, intuitive push and pull tools to sculpt in virtual clay and accurate symmetry settings for designing organic shapes. The mash up feature empowers users to import multiple designs to create larger and more complex objects. Cubify Sculpt designs are 3D print-ready for at-home printing or cloud printing with materials like Cubify Ceramix and Cubify Colorstone. Cubify Sculpt accepts STL, OBJ and PLY file formats. 3D Systems plans to fully integrate Cubify Sculpt into its expanding Cubify platform and to its award winning Cube and CubeX 3D printer experiences with direct plugins.

“Cubify Sculpt shifts the 3D modeling tools paradigm, making design for instant 3D printing something everyone can do,” said Rajeev Kulkarni, Vice President & General Manager Consumer Products for 3D Systems. “Our new virtual sculpting experience sets the stage for mainstream users to create and make everyday useful and impactful printables.”

Download a free trial of Cubify Sculpt and watch the tutorial videos today.

About 3D Systems

3D Systems is a leading provider of 3D content-to-print solutions including 3D printers, print materials and on-demand custom parts services for professionals and consumers alike. The company also provides CAD, reverse engineering and inspection software tools and consumer 3D printers, apps and services. Its expertly integrated solutions replace and complement traditional methods and reduce the time and cost of designing new products by printing real parts directly from digital input. These solutions are used to rapidly design, create, communicate, prototype or produce real parts, empowering customers to manufacture the future.

More information on the company is available at www.3DSystems.com


Josh is founder and editor at SolidSmack.com, founder at Aimsift Inc., and co-founder of EvD Media. He is involved in engineering, design, visualization, the technology making it happen, and the content developed around it. He is a SolidWorks Certified Professional and excels at falling awkwardly.