Cricut, a new electronic cutting system, has entered into a collaboration with Autodesk to make a kind of fast and affordable 3D project capability a reality for makers. The Cricut system can provide cuts on materials like paper, vinyl, cardstock, fabric, poster board, acetate, and many more.
At $299, Cricut Explore gives makers access to lower-cost materials and an easy-to-use system aimed at making 3D projects more accessible and affordable to nearly everyone. The combined Cricut Autodesk offering delivers 3D projects in a fraction of the time – and with less complexity – than traditional 3D printing systems by themselves can provide.
"Cricut and Autodesk worked together to create a lower cost approach to outputting 3D models from the Autodesk 123D Gallery that would be suitable for teachers, students and hobbyists," says Dale Pistilli, EVP of sales and marketing for Cricut. "The process works by using sophisticated slicing algorithms in Autodesk's 123D Make app to convert a 3D digital model into a 2D set of parts which are cut out of posterboard by the Cricut Explore electronic cutting machine. The user then simply assembles the parts into a 3D physical object."
Autodesk is Cricut's first technology partner to be included in the Cricut Design Space online design software for Cricut Explore.
Autodesk's 123D apps are a powerful yet simple way to model in 3D, and with this collaboration, the companies say it will be easier for consumers to participate in the maker movement and bring their projects into tangible reality.
"Boys and girls of all ages, whether they're 5 or 50, will enjoy creating these beautiful 3D DIY projects. The fanfare from both our users following our partnership is testament to this," said Leon Tan, senior product marketing manager for the Autodesk Consumer Group. "We're excited to see how our very passionate and creative user base will adapt these projects in new and exciting ways."