With many 3D printing machines coming down in cost, this mode of creation is becoming more affordable and accessible to the public—MakerBot's PrintShop makes it even more so with its tools for modeling.
A new update to the MakerBot PrintShop app unveiled a new feature called Shape Maker, which transforms 2D sketches into models that can be used for 3D printing. Unless you're using an intutive program or app in the creation of your own 3D-printed design, a knowledge of CAD software is generally required. Shape Maker bypasses this need by making it possible for anyone to create a design and see it come into fruition. As MakerBot's CEO Joey Neal says: "If you can draw a sketch, you can use MakerBot Shape Maker to transform your creations from the flat 2D world of pen and paper to the exciting 3D world of 3D printing."