For individuals just getting into 3D printing – and even some experienced 3D printing fans – the pre-printing process can inspire dread. Some people are experienced and comfortable with 3D software, but for others, software modeling can be a frustrating mess. Mercifully, there are software companies like 3D Slash, who have developed 3D modeling software that’s simple enough for everyone from kindergartners to grandparents. (Some grandparents, anyway – the ones who have mastered email, at least.)
3D Slash introduced their “3D piece of cake” software about a year ago, and it’s been a hit among professionals and beginners alike, introducing new features and compatibilities. Today, the company has introduced 3D Slash 2.0, which makes modeling even easier, if possible. The original version had an “expert” tool menu, with more advanced options for more experienced designers. Those options have now been integrated into the basic menu, so that beginners can easily copy, paste, move, resize and flip objects, for example. Parts of a model can be selected and worked on according to color, and it’s much easier to import rounded shapes or .stl or .obj files into your design.
“Our vision behind 3D Slash was to develop a tool that enables anyone to create or interact with 3D objects, in the same spirit of accessibility as tools like Windows PowerPoint,” says Sylvain Huet, founder and creator of 3D Slash. “We believe this mission is fullfilled with this new version of 3D Slash! With fast-developing technologies relying on 3D content, such as 3D printing, augmented reality and virtual reality, our tool will prove invaluable to a growing number of users.”
There’s some fun stuff in there, too. 3D Slash works by allowing the user to “carve” out their 3D model by eliminating cubes; each time a cube or row of cubes is eliminated, there’s a satisfying little explosion. 3D Slash 2.0 includes new animations that will further liven up your demolition process. It’s no surprise that the software has become especially popular with kids and educators; I remember learning early math and spelling much more effectively when using a computer program that allowed me to destroy things.
If you’d like to learn more about 3D Slash and its educational benefits, by the way, go take a look – there are some special packages offered for teachers. It’s being used frequently in STEM classes, but also as a way for younger children to learn shapes and colors. It’s not just for kids, though: according to the company, 3D Slash has been used as “an essential building block for the Modular Internet of Things,” and is a great tool for small business marketing.
To make it even easier on the new user, 3D Slash has released several brief tutorials on both the original features and the new ones. See below (4 and 6 are the most heavily geared towards the new features):
- Tutorial 1 – ENG – 2016 – Use the basic tools
- Tutorial 2 – ENG – 2016 – Design with curves and round shapes
- Tutorial 3 – ENG – 2016 – Design with dimensions
- Tutorial 4 – ENG – 2016 – Copy/paste, move, resize, rotate
- Tutorial 5 – ENG – 2016 – 3D design with pictures
- Tutorial 6 – ENG – 2016 – Import and combine 3D designs
Discuss your thoughts on this new release in the 3D Slash 2.0 forum over at 3DPB.com.