March 27, 2014 AT 10:01 am

3D Design Software – Autodesk Labs Project Shapeshifter: Generative Design Models Produced Via 3D Patterning Engine #3DThursday #3DPrinting



3D Design Software – Autodesk Labs Project Shapeshifter: Generative Design Models Produced Via 3D Patterning Engine.

Project Shapeshifter is a free* technology preview from Autodesk Research.IL group created to assist designers and makers cope with the task of modeling complex 3D printable geometries in a simple way.

Project Shapeshifter is built on top of a 3D Patterning Engine which offers an alternative approach to generative design, avoiding scripting of any kind. The commands (design operations) used throughout a design sequence are captured separately from the object geometry, allowing repeat, alter, or apply to any given mesh object. The commands pattern includes a parametric object builder, subdivisions, transformations, offsets, and population information. Shapeshifter technology offers a simple slider based interface for shaping a 3D mesh object parametrically based on a selected topology. The 3D mesh object is automatically converted to a cellular shell where each cell can be populated with a selected component to form a 3D pattern. The populated mesh can be exported as .obj file for 3D printing locally or through a 3D printing portal online.

With Project Shapeshifter, exploring design alternatives is an easy and playful task. The simple and straightforward approach of Shapeshifter to Generative Design allows creating complex models for 3D Printing directly from the web browser.


  • Parametric Mesh Builder with more than 20 Degrees of Freedom
  • More than 30 pattern components
  • Share your design as a URL
  • Export design for fabrication (.obj file)

* Free technology previews are subject to the terms and conditions of the end-user license and services agreement that accompanies the software…

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