Autodesk has created Spark to be an open software platform for 3D printing, enabling 3D printers to be able to control how the 3D model is ultimately 3D printed.
Spark will be open and freely licensable to hardware manufacturers and others who are interested and the design of the Autodesk 3D printer will be made publicly available to allow for further development and experimentation. Autodesk explains a little more:
“Spark is an open 3D printing platform that will make it easier for hardware manufacturers, software developers, materials scientists, product designers, and more to participate in and benefit from this technology.
Spark connects digital information to 3D printers in a new and streamlined way, making it easier to visualize prints and optimize them without trial and error, while also broadening the range of materials that can be used for printing. And because the Spark platform is open, everyone can use its building blocks to further push the limits of 3D printing and drive fresh innovation..”
Autodesk will be launching their new Autodesk Spark 3D printing software and Autodesk 3D Printer before the end of 2014.