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3D printers in 100 communities to help students design projects

THREE-DIMENSIONAL printers and modeling software will be available at some 100 local communities and dozens of schools by the end of the year.

Local residents, especially children, can use the printers and modeling software to make their 3D portraits or design work at "innovation houses" for free.

Equipment has been available at over 50 such houses across the city and will be expanded to over 100 by the end of the year, the US-based Autodesk, which develops 3D modeling software compatible with 3D printers, said today.

The company has developed many 3D printing applications suitable more for home use than professional designing. An application 123D Design, for instance, that is available at local communities, allows users to build a 3D model by simply taking dozens of photos around a person or of objects. Users can also use the applications to design their home or other 3D artwork.

The city government is building the 100-square-meter innovative houses in communities or schools to mainly serve children from 6 to 16 years old. Teenagers can use various tools to study basic mechanic skills.


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