There’s been a fundamental disconnect for as long as desktop 3D printers have been an affordable reality: how can consumers easily create 3D models to be printed? At the moment, the best solutions for finding objects to 3D print are databases like Thingiverse — places where you can search for and download files that most closely match what you’re looking to create. The shortcoming with such systems is clear: what happens when no one’s taken the time to create the files you want? Two other, more customizable solutions are steadily becoming a reality for home users. The first is 3D scanning, as typified by products like Microsoft’s next-gen Kinect and MakerBot’s prototypical, lazy Susan-esque Digitizer.
Even once these become more mainstream products, however, they’ll no doubt continue to have their shortcomings. Namely, how to create a product from scratch and how to touch up an existing object. That’s where software solutions come in, and 3D Systems has been hard at work on a product it’s sure will help bridge the gap between your imagination and the print platform. Cubify Sculpt is a sort of Photoshop for 3D printing, a simplified tool that doesn’t require any sort of knowledge in the world of CAD to help make an idea a 3D-printed reality.