MakerBot’s free iPad app MakerBot® PrintShop® version 1.5 is now available for update in the iTunes App Store and offers a new feature called MakerBot Shape Maker that takes drawings and sketches and turns them into 3D printable files. MakerBot PrintShop Shape Maker allows users to transform sketches, photos and screen captures into a 3D printable file, without any 3D design experience.
To use, open the MakerBot PrintShop iPad app, select Shape Maker and snap a photo with the iPad’s camera of a drawing or an item that has a distinct contrast and simple lines in its design. Use the slider tools to select the areas of the drawing to 3D print and scale; when all of the items or lines that are to be 3D printed turn green, choose a background select print or save right from the screen. Files saved will be accessible in the MakerBot Cloud Library and can be accessed through personal accounts on Thingiverse.com.