If you’re only vaguely aware of the importance of 3D printing on the future of manufacturing and design, rest assured that you’re going to be seeing more of it within the next few years. More and more companies are taking steps to incorporate 3D printing into their business models- and the latest recruit is none other than Adobe.
In a vote of confidence for 3D printing as an emerging medium, Adobe has chosen to add 3D tools to Photoshop. Currently, the tools on offer in Photoshop are very basic, more intended to refine a 3D design than to create one from scratch, however the program’s printing interface will be able to reduce certain flaws. Photoshop’s 3D tools will be able to locate holes in meshes, as well as structural issues which may cause printing flaws.
Adobe is also working in conjunction with hardware companies such as Shapeways and Makerbot in order to be able to accurately generate previews. Whilst Windows 8.1 is already geared up with a 3D API, Adobe’s new tools are not yet fully compatible with the built-in program, which is widely thought to need a fair amount of work.