3D modeling firm FreeDesign has announced the first full version release of its 3D surface modeler FreeDimension, which is based on patent-pending N-Sided Surfacing (NSS) technology that frees users from quadrilateral surfacing technologies like NURBS and Bezier surfaces.
According to FreeDesign, the NSS technology allows FreeDimension to present a curve-based interface to the user that closely mimics a pencil-and-paper method of design, giving designers more freedom in generating 3D shapes for new product, virtual gaming, and entertainment applications.
Version 1.0 of FreeDimension can read and write SketchUp 5 files and also outputs data into commonly used .OBJ, .POV and .STL formats. In addition, FreeDesign officials note that the company is currently developing software that will output its FreeDimension surfaces as NURBS surfaces for interface with other popular surface based applications. The company expects the release of these modules to take place over the next several months.
"FreeDimension V1.0 is the essential baseline tool which enables everybody to just 'simply design,'" commented Dick Sowar, CEO of FreeDesign Inc. "It brings the emphasis back on spontaneous creativity, and ushers in a new era that does not require complex skillsets for 3D creation. FreeDimension is so easy to use, anyone with a standard PC will be able to create directly in 3D."