With that in mind, tech company SolidFace has taken a crucial step forward by developing new software that’ll make the entire process of creating, sharing, selling, and printing 3D designs completely free! Say hello to Solid Share.
“Solid Share, our newest project, will leverage all our knowledge in software development to create a truly complete tool. This tool will integrate a professional CAD application with a community network in one free platform. Users will be able to import, create, and distribute their designs directly to consumers, friends, and to the entire community for in-home manufacture.”
– Oscar Leite JR and Rafael Lima, Co-Founders of SolidFace
Before they can achieve this, however, they’ve decided to reach out to the entire online community for funding. Using the crowdfunding website Kickstarter, their Solid Share software is seeking a total funding of $385,000. With still 50 days left in their campaign, they’ve already acquired over $1,000 thus far. If you believe that a freely available, fully professional CAD software is what’s needed to help open-source the 3D printing industry, then consider donating what you can to ensure Solid Share sees the light of day.
The future of 3D printing will almost assuredly be one of the most disruptive technologies that’ll ever emerge in the 21st century. The current capitalist system may not even survive, given 3D printing’s open-source nature. Instead we’ll have to develop an entirely new socio-economic system that strongly emphasizes on joint-human collaboration, the free exchange of ideas, and an open sharing network that is run by robotic automation and artificial intelligence. When we look back, perhaps we’ll say that it was Solid Share who helped lead the way for 3D printing, becoming the necessary stepping stone towards the future we all dreamed of.
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