As 3D printing has become more accessible, it is becoming increasingly important to lower the barriers of entry into 3D design. You don’t have to be a trained 3D modeler or engineer anymore to design your own products. Artists don’t need to immerse themselves in confusing and expensive software. There are even powerful, yet easy-to-use CAD programs available on mobile devices. One of those is Morphi.
Last time we checked in on Morphi, they had just released their Windows Beta. This week, Morphi announced a host of new features and a clean new interface. Morphi 3.0 brings enhanced augmented reality tools like shadows and improved editing to the popular 3D modeling tool, as well as integration with Apple’s ARKit allowing objects to snap to a plane so users can go around and inside 3D models. Tutorials for all Morphi’s tools are also now accessible directly from inside the app.
“Morphi’s augmented reality viewer is an amazing creativity tool on its own. It is also a great compliment to 3D printing because users can immediately place, edit and perfect designs in different environments before deciding to fabricate it with 3D printing or other tools. By developing Morphi’s augmented reality features with Apple’s ARKit, we’re able to give our users a richer and more interactive experience with the designs they create in Morphi,” says Sophia Georgiou, Chief Designer, Morphi. “They can now go around their designs and look inside them using their iPad if they have a device with an A9 processor or later and have installed iOS11. This is our initial integration with ARKit and in the coming weeks and months we will be adding many other AR features and improvements made possible by ARKit.”
Morphi is not leaving users of older iPhones and iPads out in the cold. Users with devices without an A9 processor and/or not upgrading to iOS11 can still use Morphi’s existing AR tools, which have been enhanced in their latest iPad version with shadows, improved editing features and a screengrab button. Morphi promises more improvements by year’s end. In addition to working on deeper integration with ARKit and additional design tools and features for iPad, the team is busy upgrading their Mac and Windows versions so that the interface, 2D to 3D tools and navigation are similar to the iPad updates. An Android tablet version is in active development and condensed versions for iPhone and Android phones are also in the works.
“We believe in the power of people to create at any age and skill level. Morphi is a creativity tool for all,” says Georgiou. “The changes we’re making will help make it easier and more fun for our users to visualize and evolve their ideas in 3D across many mediums, like augmented reality and virtual reality, 3D printing, animation, game design and even as 3D blueprints for creating with everyday materials, art supplies and found objects.”
In the 3 years since its initial iPad release, Morphi has come a long way, indeed. Morphi has a global presence in over 108 countries across 6 continents. Both Mac and Windows versions are available and Morphi is being used for a multitude of purposes, such as creating 3D models, inventions, prototypes and products, as a teaching tool for Maker education and STEAM/STEM, for stop motion animation, graphic design, virtual reality, augmented reality and more.
The app has amassed a large, diverse and dedicated following among artists, inventors, designers, beginners, teachers, students, entrepreneurs, hobbyists, tinkerers and anyone else wanting to create. Public projects made in the app are posted weekly on the Morphi app Instagram page. In addition, through their work with PreK-12 teachers and professional development workshops for schools and school districts, Morphi is equipping thousands of educators and students across STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, Math) subjects to actively use 3D design in the classroom.
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