Where Windows 10 Creators Update lost one of its oldest apps, MS Paint, it gained a 3D successor in Paint 3D. Microsoft hopes that a key ingredient in the success and appeal of Paint 3D will be the Remix 3D community – a platform that allows other users to import, edit and share a range of objects and of different ideas.
Now, Remix 3D’s Windows Fall Update brings several new features – Parts and Remixes – and a new way for users to share their digital creations.
Users can remix original objects and ideas from community members into something entirely new, with each new “part” attributed to its original creator.
Encourage community content
The “remixes” tab on Remix 3D allows the creator of a certain object to see how others have turned it into their own unique creation. The new “Parts” tab will allow you to view each individual part that was added to the original object to make the “remix”. Each remixed template will redirect you to the original in the “Remixes” tab, giving you a preview of the various transformations it has undergone in the process.
“With the explosion of content around us, the original attribution of a creation tends to get lost”, explains Windows on their blog. “The idea of remixing content into something new, and then seeing the “parts” of that new creation (with attribution to the original creators), allows everyone to see and be inspired by every part, every remix and of each artist who has contributed to a 3D creation.”
The Remix culture was also the subject of an in-depth study presented at this year’s CCC. Professor Sascha Friesike led a three-year project where the team, “interviewed over 80 creators and interviewed over 200 more,to understand the links between the designed remixes.
Stimulate an interest in 3D design
During a Windows 10 conference in October 2016, Microsoft revealed that Minecraft players will have the ability to 3D print their creations, thanks to the new Creators Update that was recently released. Remix 3D will then allow Minecraft and Paint 3D users to upload their creations to the community, to turn them into 3D prints.
It was also announcementby i.materialise, in November of last year,”Microsoft plans for these [Paint 3D] creations to view on HoloLens or print as physical objects with i.materialise’s online 3D printing service.” It seems clear that Microsoft intends to make it possible to print these digital artworks eventually.
For Microsoft today, it seems the idea is to make their 3D modeling software much more enjoyable and community-oriented following the introduction of Remix 3D.
And while you can’t use this particular software to create workable models for 3D printing – in the way that graphic designers rarely use MS Paint – its user-friendly approach will hopefully give novice users a simple platform to it, start a passion in 3D modeling.
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