For someone who’s never tried 3D printing before, there’s a lot that can be daunting. If you have no familiarity with the technology, learning about it can seem like learning a new language – particularly when it comes to modeling software. Even those who are experienced with 3D modeling and CAD software face challenges; it’s one thing to create a fairly basic shape, but if you want to create a print with some complexity, things can get a bit tricky. 3D printers are capable of printing some incredible things, so being limited by modeling software capabilities seems like a waste.
That’s where VECTARY comes in. The new online 3D modeling tool was designed to make modeling much faster and easier for both new and experienced makers. A platform as well as a tool, VECTARY enables users to create even the most complex designs right in their browsers. Models are then automatically saved into the cloud, allowing for easy sharing and access. No installation, configuration or external devices are required.
“We are not just another 3D modeling tool,” CEO Michal Koor tells 3DPrint.com. “We would love to help create a community full of 3D inspiration. We believe that even people without previous experience will be able to start modeling in no time. On the one hand we provide a tool for creation, on the other hand, we want to inspire and provide a platform where anybody who does not feel like creating something from scratch can customize an existing model. We hope that a large community of makers and designers will use our tool daily to convert their visions into real things.”
VECTARY does not officially launch until the spring, but if you visit the site now, you can sign up for early access. A limited number of people – first come, first served – will be allowed to try out the service before it opens to the general public. So how does it work? Pretty simply, actually. Users can quickly generate a model using a series of sliders, and then fine-tune it with standard modeling tools, rather than building it from scratch, which can take a lot of time – especially if you’re trying to do something a bit more complicated.
“Inspired by the growth of 3D printing industry and potential of 3D printing as a unique way to manufacture the most complex shapes, we came to realize it is very hard to fully utilize this potential only with standard modeling techniques,” Koor continues. “That inspired us to combine standard mesh and parametric modeling. Wanting to make modeling available to anyone, we decided to make an online tool extendable with parametric plugins through which you can create common objects, mostly driven by 3D printing, effortlessly.”
Slovakia-based VECTARY was created by Koor, an industrial designer with extensive experience in 3D design, and Pavol Sovis, a programmer and developer who now holds the position of CTO. Modeling with VECTARY is free, and it will eventually become even more interactive and user-driven than it is now. According to Sovis, the company will be opening up its API in the future, allowing users to create their own plugins to generate custom models. Go check out their Facebook page, or connect with them on Twitter. Discuss this software in the VECTARY forum thread on 3DPB.com. Now, you can watch a quick demo of the tool below: