There are a number of iPad apps available to as with the creation of 3D objects that can then be 3D printed, but adding to the ever growing list is Shapr3d for iPad.
Shapr3d is currently in the last stages of development and is currently in its closed beta phase, and the aim is to incorporate many of the tools from Google’s Sketch-up system into a touch-based application.
The developers of Shapr3d explain their inspiration :
“We think that a new, revolutionary user experience is needed to make 3D modeling accessible to everyone. That’s why we decided to create an iPad app: making the users able to literally touch their designs, allowing them to directly interact with their models makes the whole modeling procedure amazingly easy.
They can use the same movements that they would use on real-world objects. Want to change the height of an object? Just pull its top! Want to change a thickness of a face? Grab the face, and pull it! Want to create a circle? Draw a circle with your fingers. No menus, no buttons, only gestures. Everything works as you would expect it to work in real life.
We still have a lot of work to do on making the interface more intuitive and responsive, so we are looking for investors to help us complete the development process.”
For more information on the new Shapr3d iPad app jump over to the official Shapr3d website for details and download links when he app is launched and leave its current closed beta phase.