3D printer manufacturer Zortrax has announced the launch of a 3D model library for its Z-Suite software suite.
The company's Z-Suite software allows users to convert their designs to a ready-for-print 3D model. The software comes with a print cost calculator, the "Smart Bridges" feature for those looking to print objects with lots of details, a "2D into 3D" feature that lets users convert 2D files into 3D data, and the option to split the model into two separate parts for printing.
The Model Library will let users store all their projects in one centralized location that they can access from any device. The search function enables users to easily find their projects, and they have the ability to browse the database by subject category to find resources.
"The new Z-Suite version is another step in the enrichment of our ecosystem, where all the tools the user needs are in a single location," said Zortrax COO Karolina Bołądź in a statement. "The 3D printer, production materials, and Z-Suite are now accompanied by the Model Library, which will win the hearts of users and attract specialists who want to organize and facilitate their everyday work."
In the Library, users can share their models, comment on models, add to favorites and download. This means they don't have to start a project from scratch, but can instead take advantage of existing models, making appropriate edits and modifications.
"When we were developing the Library, we drew inspiration from social networks, which have completely redefined the world surrounding us," said Rafał Tomasiak, CEO of Zortrax. "The social function is an important aspect of cooperation that lets our users share inspiration and experience to improve their work. Every individual user can contribute to the development of the model database and educate others on 3D printing and its applications."
He added: "People like this have helped us create a community of creative individuals working with 3D printing and guarantee a constant flow of new projects."
One of the larger 3D printer manufacturers in Europe, Zortrax is also releasing a printable robotic arm that comes with a free instruction and assembly manual and 3D files to print the prosthetic to celebrate the new library of works. Users can download the 3D arm here.
Users can also compete to win the new 3D Zortrax M200 printer in a contest that kicked off September 21 and will run until October 12. Those who wish to participate can upload an original project with the hashtag #Contest2015 into the Model Library.