I’ve become a big fan of the cloud, and Google Drive has made my life easier in a lot of ways. I still have way too many downloads on both my computer and smartphone, so I can’t imagine how either device would function without the option to store so much in the Google ether. It’s especially handy for work; there’s very little that I need to use on a regular basis that I can’t quickly pull up from the cloud. Also, I have a clear memory of the days in which working on a project with others required endless emails with endless attachments anytime anyone changed anything, and it gives me a headache just thinking about it. Being able to share one document, edit it as needed, and simply leave it there for my colleagues to see is a wonderful stress reducer.
One thing that Google Drive hasn’t offered, though, is a way to create and share 3D content in the cloud. With more and more 3D software platforms moving into the cloud, it’s a bit surprising that Google hasn’t gotten on the train yet – until today, that is. 3D design software manufacturer 3D Slash has announced that its program is now integrated with Google Drive, the first 3D creation tool to do so.
3D Slash, which prides itself on being accessible and easy to use, is already available as a local app and as a browser-based tool, but integrating with Google Drive takes it to a new level as a project management application. Now teams can easily work together on any design project over the web, collaborating closely without needing to even be in the same room.
“Whenever you need to invent a new product, a new logo, a new office arrangement, your booth for the next exhibition. Whenever you need to manage a project which gathers CAD experts, product managers, testers, all of them sharing ideas over 3D designs, 3D Slash is the answer, as ‘A 3D picture is worth a thousand words!'” 3D Slash states.
3D Slash can open STL and 3dslash files directly from Drive, and can export to STL, OBJ, DAE, and FBX. The Google Drive version is as easy to use as ever, and uploading and exporting are as simple as the click of a button. As 3D Slash is already such a popular design tool in educational settings, its new integration with Drive makes it even more ideal for class projects and workshops, with no limit to how many individuals and groups can work on one project at the same time.
3D Slash can be added to your Google Drive for free. You can see a quick demo of how it will work below:
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