Microsoft introduces 3D Paint
With the world drooling over the wonders of 3D printing, the recent launch of 3D paint was a much anticipated venture. Unveiled by tech-giant Microsoft, this is a revamped version of the earlier Paint program, available free for Windows 10 users. Designed to make 3D projections easily across devices, it uses a regular mouse and keyboard, touch screens, and stylus input. Also, Microsoft has an open community to discuss and export 3D designs, to enhance the program efficiency.
How can 3D paint be used?
Well, using the program is very simple and quite similar to the earlier 2D paint. It involves the same creative instinct, now only in a preferred 3D form. Users found it to be fun and elementary, with a potential to invade the world of CAD. Kids find it very amusing, since they can use snippets of 2D images in their 3D drawings, using the tools provided. One can create 3D objects from scratch or modify a creation from someone else. Easily change colour, texture, material or turn a 2D picture into a 3D object with just a click. Also enabled is the sharing feature, which exports your creation (FBX and OBJ formats) to Facebook or other social platforms. Now create customised emoticons or throw sets of 3D images into your drawings from the forum. It’s that simple!
What does it aim for?
Microsoft has made a very simplistic approach in launching 3D paint. With the absence of advanced features or multiple versions of the product, it looks like they are targeting beginners. It is a fun app for kids, and the excellent GUI is an encouragement for 3D design to be mainstreamed. The vision is to familiarise all users with the 3D design process, which will be widely rampant, very soon. The 2D paint software was illustriously used by everyone, and became like a hobby for kids. Microsoft aims to target the same crowd again, to prove that 3D is the future, and you have to be comfortable with it.
The launch of this application will have a profound effect on the 3D printing industry, worldwide. Even though 3D printing requires prototypes of a much more advanced nature than 3D paint, but both target the same issue of replacing 2D with 3D. Indian students can be greatly influenced by this software as they can now learn 3D design from an early age and later, shape their creations using 3D printing. 3Dexter strives to uncork the maximum potential of these young minds through 3D innovation and printing. And, 3D paint will definitely aid in this process of converting their imagination to a 3D printed, real form. We applaud the efforts of Microsoft which through 3D paint, has revealed a new dimension of designing the future.