Since I first noticed DAZ back in about 2004 I’ve wanted 3D printed RPG figures, model planes, ships and other objects.
Of course, since DAZ models are not “water tight” they would not 3D print without LOTS of work and I believe the EULA forbids ME from sending DAZ and DAZ-derived models to SHAPEWAYS.
I now own several inexpensive desktop 3D printers of my own and have begun the laborious process of converting a digital copy of one DAZ model into a 3D printable mesh, using the mesh editing tools in RHINO 3D. Ugh!
I would love to hear any pointers or comments about this that others in the DAZ community might offer.
More to the point, I would like to hear from DAZ staffers what they think about the following:
1) Is this a horrible, BAD idea because the DAZ tools really are not intended to create 3D printable models, and there is no plan for them to do this in the near future?
2) Is this a waste of time because there are software tools that can do what I want MUCH more quickly and efficiently, depending on how much money I want to spend. Yes, I have heard about MAGICS ( http://software.materialise.com/magics ). No, I have not purchased a copy. Yet.
3) Assuming there MIGHT be some really good software tool that quickly and easily converts DAZ models to 3D printable objects, does it make sense for DAZ to contract with a 3D printing company, maybe even buy a few 3D printers (some day) and begin selling the service of 3D printing models I submit to some not yet created new option in the DAZ store?
Basically, does it make good TECHNICAL sense, AND good BUSINESS sense for DAZ to add to the DAZ Store a 3D printing service similar to SHAPEWAYS ( http://www.shapeways.com ) ?