3d modeling comes to the htc vive
HTC has released MakeVR for the HTC Vive virtual reality headset. The 3D-object modeling application lets designers create and examine objects in VR and once they're ready, export them for 3D printing.
HTC describes MakeVR as turning the Vive's motion controls into freeform modeling tools. With the headset's room-scale tracking, the user can explore their creations from any direction, zooming in and out from the object as necessary. The app contains direct links to printing through Shapeways, an online 3D printing service.
The current version of the app sells for US$20 on Viveport. Its developers, Vive Studios and Sixense, plan to release a pro version with more advanced tools and features (based on user feedback) later this year. Printing services are not included in the price of the app.
In some ways, MakeVR seems similar to other VR creation tools like Tilt Brush or Quill for Oculus Rift. However, those apps have a more artistic bent with a focus on 3D illustration. MakeVR is poised to become a more industrial/commercial creation tool. It looks closer to being the Vive's answer to Oculus Medium, a 3D sculpting tool announced in 2015 that lets you export your creations to desktop 3D design software.