I don’t think any of the dozens of 3D model marketplaces put nearly as much effort into curating and developing a stable of highly talented and prolific 3D artists and designers as MyMiniFactory does. Not only do they feature some of the best 3D models available, but each one of them is tested before it is put live on the site. Not only is that not the norm, but many marketplaces much larger than them don’t even try to validate the designs on their site. Beyond offering top quality models, MyMiniFactory has also been curating its own community by offering features that put an emphasis on design collaboration and crowdsourced 3D printing projects like MMF TV and MMF Ideas. Their goal couldn’t be more obvious: make sure that they always have the first crack at the best new and up and coming 3D designers around.
Inspired by the concept of open source collaboration that encourages users to come together to help make each other’s projects better within the coding and programming communities, MyMiniFactory wanted to offer the same type of community to their designers. Open source communities aren’t exactly rare, especially in the average makerspace. However, when it comes to the arts and design it can often be much harder to crowdsource, but the iMakr spinoff company decided to try anyways. The idea was to launch a live collaborative design platform, initially called the MP5 Project, with the goal to create a cloud-based design platform that would allow its users to opportunity to share their in-progress projects with each other live and receive instant feedback from viewers.
The result is WeDesign.Live, what MyMiniFactory is calling the world’s first live collaborative 3D design platform. WeDesign.Live is entirely open source, web-based and doesn’t require any software installation to use. Users can choose to design on their own, cooperate with other designers in real time on the same project, stream their design process to other users or watch other designers doing the same. The concept is similar to the popular video game streaming service Twitch TV, but is designed to be much more interactive and collaborative.
But WeDesign.Live is more than just a design streaming service, it is a fully-functional and robust 3D design program with plenty of design muscle. It also offers plenty of 3D printing features that allow users to quickly take their designs from the web and send them directly to their printers. Objects designed in the platform can be rendered as completely 3D printable files, sent to the integrated slicer and then sent directly to a user’s 3D printer. WeDesign.Live removes several of the headaches caused by modern 3D printing and almost entirely eliminates the need for separate compression and slicing software.
”Life is a journey from I to We. I’m proud to be building a platform that will help millions of creative people collaborate and realise their dreams in 3D – together,” said CTO at WeDesign Sohail Siadat.
WeDesign.Live has just launched their alpha phase and is now looking for alpha testers willing to help them explore, improve and develop the WeDesign.Live playform before it is released to the general public. An open beta version of WeDesign.Live is currently planned for March of 2016, so it is safe to say that any alpha testers will have a lot of imput on the version released to the general public. You can request to join the alpha test team here and someone from WeDesign.Live will contact you directly. You can also find them on Twitter, or email them general questions at firstname.lastname@example.org. Tell us what you think about the benefits of this new service and how they could apply to you in the WeDesign.Live Collaborative 3D Design forum over at 3DPB.com.