In 2014, iPad users’ dreams came true with the introduction of Morphi, a simple, user-friendly 3D design and printing app made for touchscreens. Less than a year later came Morphi 2.0, and now creators The Inventery are back with what they’re calling Morphi’s best version ever. The app already had a lot of appeal, with its simple, easy tools, online and offline capabilities, and versatility. Users can design either freehand or using included shapes and images, and with the new version, they’ll have even more options.
Created in partnership with Geometros, Morphi has become widely used across the world, with a presence in more than 96 countries across six continents. It’s a popular tool for product design, education, virtual and augmented reality, and animation, just to name a few of its applications. While it’s still not available for Android, the company states that they are working on an Android version, as well as versions for iPhone and Windows. In the meantime, they’ve released a new version for iPad and Mac, with several new features as well as updates to existing ones.
New features include a Type Tool, which allows users to create 3D text in more than 75 fonts, a Pan Tool, and an advanced Color Tool with an increased spectrum of colors, shades and tints. A Transform Button enables users to control rotation and input dimensions and object positions with the keyboard. Several existing features have been improved, as well. Both horizontal and vertical movement of objects has been made easier, and the “select all,” “save” and “help” functions have been made more clear. Users can now move objects to the grid by tapping instead of dragging.
The new Morphi includes several purchasing options. Morphi v2.5 for iPad is free, including basic tools with several available in-app purchases, such as type, 2D to 3D, and extra shapes. Additional tools are $4.99 each, or $9.99 for all of them; several of the tools come with the option for a free trial. Morphi v1.5 for Mac and Morphi Edu v1.5 for iPad are identical to v2.5 for iPad, but cost $9.99 each. Both are eligible for bulk purchase, however – purchases of 20 or more are 50% off. A 10-day free trial version is also available for Mac and can be accessed here.
Morphi is an obvious choice for educators, as it’s a simple, easy and mobile way to introduce kinds to 3D design and 3D printing. The company is going to be expanding its involvement in education at the end of September with the launch of their Morphi Educators Program, which, according to The Inventery, will be “made up of superstar educators who are actively using Morphi with their students.” They also plan to partner with teachers and schools across the world to develop K-12 STEAM (science, technology, engineering, arts, math) and MakerEd curriculum.
Finally, The Inventery will be offering a series of professional development training programs for educators who want to become more well-versed in 3D design, 3D printing, STEAM and maker education, and more. If you’re an educator interested in learning more about Morphi, you can contact the company at firstname.lastname@example.org. Take a look at some of Morphi’s new features below, and discuss further in the Morphi 3D Printing App forum over at 3DPB.com.