Spark is an open 3D printing software platform that will make it easier for hardware manufacturers, software developers, materials scientists, product designers, and others to participate in and benefit from this technology.
Spark connects digital information to 3D printers in a new and streamlined way, making it easier to visualize and optimize prints without trial and error, while broadening the range of materials used for printing.
Spark’s software platform for 3D printing is a positive step toward improving the interoperability of software, hardware and material suppliers.
Because the Spark platform is open, everyone -- from hardware manufacturers, to app developers, to product designers -- can use its building blocks to further push the limits of 3D printing and drive fresh innovation.
The open nature of the platform is undeniably one of the key interesting things about Spark.
~ Katie Collins, Wired
To encourage any and all members of the 3D printing industry to not only participate in Spark, but also to fuel it forward, Spark will be free to license. Together, we can accelerate the new industrial revolution.
Autodesk has the opportunity to create an ecosystem around the Spark platform.
~ Al Hilwa, IDC
The Spark Investment Fund
The Spark Investment Fund raises the level of innovation and collaboration in the 3D printing industry by investing in entrepreneurs, startups, and researchers who push the boundaries of what is possible.
The Autodesk 3D printer
As a reference for its capabilities, we’re introducing a 3D printer built on the Spark platform, to set a new benchmark for the 3D printing user experience. As with mobile devices and apps, the 3D design software and 3D printer need to work together seamlessly.
In keeping with our open approach, we will make it simple to integrate new materials into our printer, and share the design files for the printer so others can build on and enhance its capabilities.
With Spark, you now have one of the biggest names in 3D design standing behind what could become a standard model for the rest of the industry to prototype and experiment on, which can only help with the development and adoption of 3D printing technology.
~ NDTV Gadgets