Their ultimate goal: to bring together all digital 3D content under one searchable umbrella, so that it’s easier to access and filter for requirements such as file size or the type of license an object is shared under.
The next revolution in printing
“3D printing will completely revolutionize the education sector, perhaps even more dramatically than the internet has already done," says Seena Rejal, CEO of 3DIndustries — the company that launched 3DShap.es. Groenendyk, who is looking forward to seeing 3D printers installed in Concordia’s libraries, wholeheartedly agrees.
“Engineering and architecture students are already able to create and manipulate 3D designs in programs like AutoCAD and then print prototype versions of their designs, which they can review and rework as they see fit.”
Groenendyk sees 3D printing as a key teaching and learning tool — one that 3DShap.es is helping bring to professors and students by allowing them to quickly find, use and manipulate the exact file they need, helping improve the process and make these new tools more accessible across the board.