Rapid modeling service

Z Corp.'s ZPrints service allows designers and engineers to order a 3-D model online via AutoCAD 2009 and have it printed and shipped to them immediately.

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Z Corp. (Burlington, Mass.) has launched a new service, called ZPrints, which enables designers and engineers to order a 3-D model online using AutoCAD 2009; have it produced via 3-D Printing, the company’s proprietary rapid prototyping technology; and then have it shipped immediately to permit more timely review with colleagues, customers and partners. AutoCAD produces 3-D models that can be converted to industry-standard 3-D printing data (an STL file). The service, a partnership between Z Corp. and Quickparts (Atlanta, Ga.), a rapid prototyping service provider, uses newly available 3-D printing functionality that has been introduced to AutoCAD subscription customers via a bonus pack.