It’s certainly no surprise that high energy regarding the latest technology is emanating from Guadalajara, a city known as a thriving, high-tech business area, as well as a cosmopolitan setting and a style hub in every way. Now, InterLatin wants to take the technology a step further for Mexican citizens with a new suite of products that are comprehensive, intuitive, and take the user in one seamless direction: 3D printing.
InterLatin is still riding high on the success of its Colibri 3D printer line which met with great success upon its initial release, and has since spawned a new generation with the Colibri Home, which is now available for pre-sale and offers extreme affordability for everyone at $300, but should have a great deal of reach toward the target market, which as we have reported previously for InterLatin is the educational system, makers, and users with 3D desktop printers in their homes.
The original Colibri printer was famous in that it sold 200 units in its first day available to the public. As the 3D printer continued to experience popularity, the InterLatin team began to look not only toward their next 3D printer, but also continuing with innovative software to drive it.
With InterLatin’s Constructor, users are able to make and edit designs, and 3D print them with the flexibility afforded by the user-friendliness, intuitive platform, and work area that can be customized. Constructor software supports STL, OBJ and CIL formats, and in the basic software release, users can even work with 3D objects that were designed previously–as well as taking a 2D rendering and turning it into a 3D model.
“With these objects in the computer, a user can effortlessly create a .GCODE file for easy printing, all of this under a simple, intuitive interface, which the user can customize,” said Ricardo Madrigal, 3D Printer Software Engineer Leader at InterLatin.
With Blocks, novices have an edge, as they can use modular pre-designs in the form of cubes to create 3D objects. The team at InterLatin has a good grip on the fact that streamlining and ease are where it’s at for all levels, really. There’s no reason to make working in 3D difficult, and if it is overly complex, children and novices are simply going to look elsewhere.
“This is a very special software because it allows you to create 3D objects in the easiest way possible. You just need to place cubes and apply textures to achieve amazing objects, where the imagination is the only limit,” said Madrigal.
As 3D printing is becoming more mainstream, so is the equipment, as most of us are aware. The software is following suit, but its origins were in the engineering industry where spatial thinking is very important, points out Madrigal. While there’s no way to get around that fact that if you are involved in a 3D project, you are going to have to do some thinking and offer up creativity and resourcefulness, the team wants to make using Constructor as smooth as possible, inviting the user back time and time again.
“We want to reach the point where a user can just download or create an object, customize it and print it in a matter of minutes,” said Madrigal. “In other words, we want to make 3D printing as easy as printing a document in a traditional inkjet printer.”
“This software also allows the user to repair damaged 3D objects that can’t be printed as they are, and edit STL objects through organic modeling, direct to a parametric modeling and then send to the printer,” said Madrigal.
Despite having made their mark as serious innovators in 3D printing hardware and software for Mexico, they continue to work on expanding and improving their lineup for users on the homefront, as well as working on their global expansion plans for North and South America where they foresee new partners and distribution for the future.
Discuss your thought on this dynamic company from Mexico, as well as what you look for in a software program for design and 3D printing in the Constructor 3D Printing Software forum thread over at 3DPB.com.