I'm not terribly active on the forums anymore, and a quick search didn't reveal anything about the topic so let's have a constructive conversation!
With 3D printing becoming more common, and set to become a common place tool in every day life, it seems that it's a great opportunity for concept artists of both 2D and 3D disciplines to find work.
- I would like to pose a few questions and see what kind of cool discussion we can start on this awesome new technology.
- What are the best software packages for designing for 3d printing?
- Does anyone on the forums have experience in 3d printing?
- What do you think are the best ways to start gearing your self-study or formal study towards getting work in 3D printing design and production art?
I myself have very little experience doing 3D work, but I can see there being a huge and expanding demand for artists skilled in using design software that is geared towards this market. Great opportunities are in store for those who get educated in the field early.
This is a growing industry, and could provide a lot of our users with great opportunities for honing their craft, getting work, and fulfilling dreams a step at a time, so it would be really cool to get constructive discussion going on this, eh?
Here are a few articles that a quick google search turned up. Just food for thought.
Introduction to 3D printing
Wikipedia's entry on 3D printing
ReplicatorG - A free, open source 3D printing application
What is 3D printing? A beginner's guide to the desktop factory
A Popular Mechanics article about how to get started in 3D printing (viewable after viewing an advertisement)
Again, I realize there may be existing posts on the topic, but a cursory search didn't return anything, and considering that this promises to be a huge market for exactly the kind of people who frequent these forums I think that multiple postings and discussions is warranted.
Best regards, and hope for interesting discussion!