Autodesk, Inc. (ADSK) is releasing an open source 3D printer platform called Spark

Posted May 14, 2014

Autodesk, Inc. (NASDAQ:ADSK) is known for developing software that drives design, animation, and architecture. Now Autodesk has announced that it will be releasing a 3D printer later this year. The 3D printer would create objects by solidifying liquid resin layer-by-layer, which is a process known as stereolithography or SLA printing.

Many of today’s 3D printers use fused deposition modeling, which depends on spools of solid plastic. SLA printing is becoming more popular due to superior speed and quality. Autodesk’s printer will be open source and will be compatible with a range of resins.

Autodesk also launched open source software today called Spark. The Spark platform makes it simpler and more reliable to 3D print objects. Spark will be available to any company that wants to integrate it into its printer.

“The world is just beginning to realize the potential of additive manufacturing and with Spark, we hope to make it possible for many more people to incorporate 3D printing into their design and manufacturing process. Over the coming months we?ll be working with hardware manufacturers to integrate the Spark platform with current and future 3D printers,” stated Autodesk CEO Carl Bass.