Autodesk unveiled The Spark a Cheap, Open-Source 3D Printer

Autodesk has been moving in the home 3D printing space, by acquiring 3D modeling software Tinkercad and releasing apps to help amateur modelers create 3D goodies using their phones.

The project is divided into two parts. First, Spark will exist as a platform that users can build upon and use to render 3D prints. Then based on this platform, Autodesk will produce a simple stereolithographic printer for an estimated $5,000

Accoeding to Autodesk "Spark is an open 3D printing platform that will make it easier for hardware manufacturers, software developers, materials scientists, product designers, and more to participate in and benefit from this technology. Spark connects digital information to 3D printers in a new and streamlined way, making it easier to visualize prints and optimize them without trial and error, while also broadening the range of materials that can be used for printing. And because the Spark platform is open, everyone can use its building blocks to further push the limits of 3D printing and drive fresh innovation."

The plans will be available to anyone who wants to build the unit themselves.