Wacom’s Intuos 3D tackles 3D design and printing from every angle


Joining yesterday’s reveal of the Slate and Folio smartpads, Wacom is back today, announcing a sort of refresh to its line of Intuos pens and tablets. From a hardware standpoint, not much changes with the launch of Intuos 3D, as users will still benefit from a mid-size Intuos with an active area of ​​6 inches by 8 inches. The real upheaval comes in the form of partnerships that turn Intuos into a product designed to be an all-in-one solution for those looking to create and eventually publish or print 3D designs.

The most important team comes from Pixologic. One of the main differences between Intuos 3D and previous versions of Intuos is that Pixologic’s ZBrushCore app is included as built-in software. Wacom and Pixologic claim that ZBrushCore is built on the same foundations as ZBrush, a pro-level application used by game designers, animators, and 3D modelers.

If you’ve never tried 3D design but want to get started with Intuos 3D, Wacom also offers tutorials and online training that will introduce new users to the field of 3D design through Intuos 3D.

Wacom’s other partnerships come in when designs are complete, partnering with both Sketchfab and Shapeways. If users want their designers to become a reality, they can send their designs to Shapeways for printing. For those who prefer to publish their designs on the web, they can take advantage of Sketchfab’s offerings. Wacom says special offers from both companies are included with the purchase of an Intuos 3D, but hasn’t really explained what those offers entail.

Wacom’s Intuos 3D will launch in late October at a retail price of $ 199.95. Wacom says the Intuos 3D will be available online through the company’s website and Amazon, or through a number of consumer electronics retailers around the world.