In the same way that it’s easier to order takeout than to prepare a homemade meal, it’s much easier to download a ready-to-use 3D print model than to create your own. A new Kickstarter campaign wants to help change that with the help of a new app designed to make 3D modeling a breeze that even the youngest can do.
“The inspiration for the project came after I assembled my own 3D printer,” co-creator Rick Companje told Digital Trends. “I found it very easy to print things I downloaded from the web, but much more difficult to draw something myself from scratch. There were complicated 3D CAD programs, but I thought it should really be easier, especially if you wanted to get kids involved in this from an early age.
The result is a new app called Doodle3D Transform that allows users to easily transform ordinary 2D drawings into full-fledged 3D printable models.
“Almost everyone is able to draw something in 2D,” Companje continued. “The idea was to find a way to turn that into a three-dimensional model – and show people that it didn’t have to be a difficult transition to make.”
The app provides users with regular drawing tools including a pen, eraser, and paint bucket, then lets them easily add 3D depth in a simple and intuitive way.
Companje recognizes that the app is unlikely to replace professional-grade CAD design tools anytime soon, but when it comes to providing a no-coding entry point into 3D printing for kids, it’s perfect. for classrooms or after-school learning.
“Granted, there are shapes you can’t create by stacking layers on top of each other like we do here,” he said. “But this is really designed to be more of an introduction for younger or newer users. We will certainly listen to our users, though, so that we can hopefully grow alongside them in terms of what we offer to the ‘to come up.