Berlin-based 3YOURMIND offers intelligent 3D printing solutions for industry and architecture. The company has recently secured a second financing round in which Dr. Hans J. Langer, founder and CEO of EOS GmbH, positioned himself as the new lead investor in the firm.
The company developers 3D printing plugins for CAD programs and the latest edition is Vectorworks 2016.
3D Plugin for Vectorworks
With this new plugin, Vectorworks 2016 users gain a valuable aid for 3D printing. The 3YOURMIND produced plugin allows users to check, analyze, and repair their 3D files to assure a more optimized 3D printing workflow.
With just one click, the 3D Vectorworks file is uploaded to the 3YOURMIND comparison tool where it can be scaled and previewed in different 3D printing materials available. Finally, users can instantly compare prices for their 3D model and order it online.
“We’re thrilled to have teamed up with 3YOURMIND to offer this free plugin to our user community,” said Jim Wilson, user experience manager at Vectorworks. “Now, users are just one click away from uploading their 3D files via this plugin to services that cater to all their 3D printing needs, where a wide range of materials are available to choose from and where secure file transfer with SSL is guaranteed.”
Readers can learn more about the 3YOURMIND plugin for Vectorworks software here and explore Vectorworks’ partner products here. The new plugin can be installed from either site; the plugin runs on both Mac and Windows versions of Vectorworks, but requires Vectorworks 2016 or higher.
This is the first dedicated 3D printing plugin for Vectorworks that we are aware of, and checking the company’s software add-on page supports this. Though the VisualCAD-MILL package for Vectorworks has existed for some time, milling and 3D printing are different but related technologies.
Vectorworks is a superb general 3D modeling package with Parasolid at its core, yet the company arguably doesn’t garner the attention it deserves in the market for its 3D modeling power. This might explain why it has taken so long for somebody in the market to create a dedicated 3D plugin for the software. A more likely reason however is that Vectorworks—despite once having a focused MCAD product—no longer has focused interest in the mechanical design CAD market where rapid prototyping via 3D printers is popular.