Symvol software by Uformia: Saving the World From Polygons
Creating a 3D object which is going to be printed does not differ much from the usual techniques for 3D modelling; however, it requires the model to be ‘printable’ or ‘watertight’. A number of software packages are now available, making it easier for designers to have control over their product while it is being designed.
Symvol, designed by Uformia, is a volumetric modelling system working as a plug-in for Rhinoceros. What makes Symvol unique is that the form-finding process is carried out in a dynamic manner. It enables designers to build shapes out of mathematical functions (or meshes) instead of creating them solely spatially.
Another major advantage of this software is that all elements of the design are saved as a function instead of a graphical representation, and therefore can be adjusted and edited at any moment.
Tools, brought by Symvol make it easier to model both organic and mechanical objects, which are ‘watertight’ and user-friendly when it comes to printing. It is a novel idea, with great potential. For more software and broader information on Uformia's work, check out their KickStarter campaign: http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/723819776/meshup-mashup-for-meshes