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William R ClemonsBy William R Clemons
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William R ClemonsBy William R Clemons
First created
$5,210
pledged of $25,000pledged of $25,000 goal
61
backers
Funding Canceled
Funding for this project was canceled by the project creator on Nov 8 2013

About

NOTE: Please check Updates to see screenshots and video of the user interface

3D printing is here to stay! Printers have become so accessible and affordable that soon, more than just Makers and Maker Labs will love using them – everyone will have one.The possibilities they provide are endless. But before you can print, you have to create. Engineers have been doing it for years with highly technical software packages – but let’s face it, we’re not all engineers. 3DaVinci is the missing link between the available printing technology for the average computer user and the ability to design what’s in your head….and then hold it in your hands.

With 3DaVinci you will have a drop-down menu to select your specific printer so the build plate can scale to the correct size.  This assists you in building things at the right scale.  You will be able to drop solid modeling blocks on your build plate that you can manipulate using regular tools.

But you will also be able to switch into a clay modeling mode where you can use tools to put a dent in your object or stretch it out.  We will even have a pottery wheel function where you can shape something the way you did in art class.

Of course, your pieces must fit in the real world, so we will support importing pictures and scaling them for tracing. 

The Idea

We want to make 3D printing accessible to the average person! 3D printers are absolutely amazing. But if you don’t spend hours learning a CAD-based software package or spend extra money on a 3D scanner, you can’t really get what you want. Enter 3DaVinci. There is a real need for a simple-to-use, affordable 3D modeling program for 3D printers. Clemons Coding Company was created to meet this need. I envisioned a truly intuitive software application that took away design barriers – and set out to create the development team to make it happen. I knew this product had to be different, and if done correctly, could put the power of 3D printing into the hands of the average person. 3DaVinci will be a PC-based, stand-alone, computer application that will allow a user to design, manipulate, and send a 3-Dimensional model for printing – to any 3D printer.

Please check our Updates Section for:

- The first screenshots of 3DaVinci

- A short video showing the drop-down menu allowing you to select your printer and resizing the build plate. (Very high-demand among users)

Our backers will receive some great rewards, including custom-designed 3D models. Those who pledge $50 and above will receive this exclusive 3DaVinci t-shirt.

For $50 & up backers!
For $50 & up backers!

The Difference

The differentiating factor of 3DaVinci is its intuitive nature, a feature in place due to the multi-disciplinary team responsible for its development. Along with an experienced software developer, the team includes an Engineering Psychologist with experience in studying the visual manipulation of 3-Dimensional objects; an Art & Sculpting Instructor to guide the design process; and an experienced 3D modeler.With this approach that incorporates both sensory and technical aspects, the team will discover how people think about modeling to craft the ideal software and develop the most useful and instinctual tools.

Currently, 3D printer users must have prior training with a 3D program or through video training prior to creating objects for printing.And, even with guidance, they can make only the most basic objects.The easiest programs require instruction, practice, and experience to be useful. That’s a barrier that 3DaVinci will eliminate. And, most of the existing programs are multi-use, meaning they are made for use on more than just 3D printers.That means trade-offs and complexity, all of which will be bypassed because of the focused, multi-disciplinary approach of 3DaVinci.

Features

·Designed for Windows 7/8 and Mac

·Importation and manipulation of 3rd party models (Import and export .STL)

·Ability to switch between Solid modeling, such as cubes, and Polygonal modeling which is akin to mashable clay

-Pottery wheel function to shape objects like you did in art class

·Training will not be necessary for the average computer user

-Select your 3D printer and the build plate volume changes to match it's specifications (See Update #4)

-Built in Unity so it will have an Application Programmers Interface (API) available along with some open source code

The Plan

The 3DaVinci team is currently hard at work developing the software’s beta version. With a successful Kickstarter campaign, the team will have the opportunity to go full time into development for the next 3 months, resulting in the first version of the product to be ready for release in February 2014. We will monitor user feedback and continue to improve subsequent versions.

A Software Development Kit (SDK) will be made available, allowing an entire community of developers to increase the capabilities of the product.  We also plan to make some code opensource to allow others to fully integrate with our product.

We are committed to remaining an independent entity that supports all OEMs and will never allow ourselves to be bought out by one of them. 3DaVinci is designed to foster the creative spirit inherent among 3D printer users and feel that supporting every platform is the best representation of our company, our product and the 3D printing industry in general.

More long term goals include incorporating touch capabilities and adding various tools and features to enhance the user experience.

Software/SDK

As mentioned previously, a Software Development Kit (SDK) and an Application Programming Interface (API) will be created while the base portion of 3DaVinci will be kept proprietary and patented. By allowing others to experiment with adding different components, our team will be able to advance the interface much quicker.

From a software perspective, 3DaVinci has a proprietary framework and core logic that is accessible through the well-defined API. The SDK sits on top of the API and has tools and examples to greatly simplify and speed the development of plug-ins and applications. The SDK will allow 3rd party developers, manufacturers, and hobbyists to extend 3DaVinci by providing access to the user interface, and the ability to add printer specific functionality, file importers and exporters, additional modeling tools and primitives, and so on.

Initially, The Clemons Coding Company will provide open source examples and tutorials with the SDK to help developers get started with developing for 3DaVinci. It is anticipated that the 3DaVinci user community will grow the available pool of open source software.

At the time of this writing, 3DaVinci is being developed using Unity (game engine). Unity has two main licenses for developers: Unity Free and Unity Pro. Unity Pro is available for $1500. Unity Free is free as long as the user is not a commercial organization with annual gross revenues in excess of US$100,000, or an educational, academic, non-profit or government entity with a total annual budget for the entire entity in excess of US$100,000.

As such, the open source community will be able extend the functionality of 3DaVinci (at no cost to themselves) by downloading and installing Unity and our SDK, and then extending one of the provided projects provided in the SDK. The SDK will be made available on GitHub, which by its very nature encourages open source code sharing.

The software developer for this project is Jamie Moffett, a 27 year veteran of 3D software projects.  Jamie will lead the developmet team and write all the code for our first version of software.  You can learn more about Jamie by watching our video.

Risks and challenges

While there are other software packages available, there is not one product that combines ease of use and affordability while focusing specifically on the 3D printing market. 3DaVinci will differentiate itself from competition with its unique characteristics. Our team will focus on a niche market and continue to stay informed of their needs,

The multi-disciplinary team will face technical challenges as development progresses. A successful Kickstarter campaign will fund the team’s work and allow the members to continue at a steady pace to reach the established goals

There is a possibility that challenges could result in a product that either requires training or isn’t sophisticated enough for the target audience to use in the anticipated manner. This risk will be mitigated with rigorous AB testing and user surveys.

If development or release of the appropriate first version of 3DaVinci is delayed for any reason, backers will be notified immediately of the new release date.

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    The eternal gratitude of the 3DaVinci team along with being added to the update list!

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    Select ONE of the 3 exclusive simple digital models designed exclusively for our Kickstarter Backers! Download your selection and print on the 3D printer of your choice. Options include: a sleek and handy luggage tag, a super-useful thumb drive caddy or convenient business card holder for your desk.
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    Select ONE of the 3 exclusive ADVANCED digital models designed exclusively for our Kickstarter Backers! Download your selection and print on the 3D printer of your choice. Options include an awesome mobile phone case for either iPhone or Samsung Galaxy, a super-cool puzzle photo frame or the custom designed, uber-handy 3DaVinci PRY TOOL to help remove those creations from the print plate of your 3D printer.
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    Select ONE of the 3 exclusive simple digital models designed exclusively for our Kickstarter Backers! Download your selection and print on the 3D printer of your choice. Options include: a sleek and handy luggage tag, a super-useful thumb drive caddy or convenient business card holder for your desk. AND Your name listed on the Thank You page of the thinkdrawprint.net website

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    NEW JUST ADDED! Backers at this level will get the exclusive 3DaVinci t-shirt as well as ALL 6 digital downloads for your 3D printer! Downloads include a phone case, puzzle photo frame, pry tool, luggage tag, thumb drive caddy and business card holder. You'll also get your name listed on the Thank You page of the thinkdrawprint.net website

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    FIRST EDITION OF 3DaVinci SOFTWARE! Be among the first to think, draw and print with ease. You'll receive an advance copy of the software as soon as it is completed (approximately February 2014).
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    You'll also receive ALL 6 digital downloads for your 3D printer! Advanced models include an awesome mobile phone case for either iPhone or Samsung Galaxy, a super-cool puzzle photo frame and the custom designed, uber-handy 3DaVinci PRY TOOL to help remove those creations from the print plate of your 3D printer. The simple models are a sleek and handy luggage tag, a super-useful thumb drive caddy and a convenient business card holder for your desk.(All model downloads available in November 2013) AND Your name listed on the Thank You page of the thinkdrawprint.net website

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    See your name immortalized within the software program for all to see and envy!
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    GET THE FIRST EDITION OF 3DaVinci SOFTWARE! Be among the first to think, draw and print with ease. You'll receive an advance copy of the software as soon as it is completed (approximately February 2014). AND You'll also receive all the lower level backer rewards listed.

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    Pledge US$ 500 or more About US$ 500

    Our top-notch team will design a digital bust of YOU for you to download and have 3D printed. Your bust will be printed and displayed in the Hall of Heroes at the Clemons Coding Company Headquarters in Huntsville, Alabama. Your image likeness will be displayed in our virtual Hall of Heroes on the thinkdrawprint.net website. AND You'll also receive all the lower level backer rewards listed.

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    Our top-notch team will design a digital bust of YOU, have it 3D printed and will send it directly to you! Your bust will also be printed and displayed in the Hall of Heroes at the Clemons Coding Company Headquarters in Huntsville, Alabama. Your image likeness will be displayed in our virtual Hall of Heroes on the thinkdrawprint.net website. AND You'll also receive all the lower level backer rewards listed.

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    For U.S. BACKERS ONLY - We'll fly you to Huntsville, AL (the rocket city) to participate in an ideation session with the development team and enjoy dinner with the creators of 3DaVinci. AND You'll also receive all the lower level backer rewards listed.

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    For INTERNATIONAL BACKERS - We'll fly you to Huntsville, AL (the rocket city) to participate in an ideation session with the development team and enjoy dinner with the creators of 3DaVinci. AND You'll also receive all the lower level backer rewards listed.

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Funding period

- (45 days)