Autodesk is a name that is very well known in the 3D modeling software market. The company has stepped into the 3D printing market with a new open platform called Spark. Autodesk CEO Carl Bass says that Spark will "make it more reliable yet simpler to print 3D models, and easier to control how that model is actually printed."
Autodesk will also unveil its own 3D printer that will serve as a reference implementation for Spark. Bass promises that the 3D printer will set a "new benchmark" for 3D printing. Autodesk plans to promote free licensing of the printer and Spark to manufacturers and other parties.
The 3D printer itself will be able to use range of materials supplied by Autodesk and other firms. Both the Spark open software platform and the 3D printer will be available later this year. It's unclear when exactly the 3D printer will launch and how much it will cost.