Virtual reality (VR) content creator Sixense and HTC Vive have announced the launch of MakeVR, a 3D modelling and computer-aided design engine on the HTC Vive.
MakeVR has has a somewhat troubled development, including a cancelled Kickstarter that occurred back in 2014. The software has been presented at a few events, enough that VRFocus managed to get hands-on for a preview. Developers Sixense say that the aim of MakeVR is to allow users of all ages and skill levels to create 3D content, without needing to know how to program or use often complex CAD software.
The software enables two-handed gesture control to allow objects to be created and edited. Using the HTC Vive’s room-scale capability means there is a large canvas for users to work on and create 3D models that are as simple or as detailed as the user desires. MakeVR also allows for models created within the virtual space to be exported as standard files for 3D printing.
“MakeVR is a first-of-its-kind advanced creativity app for VR,” said Joel Breton, Head of Vive Studios. “We recognise how the intuitive and immersive environment of VR will revolutionise digital modeling. We worked with Sixense to create MakeVR as an accessible yet advanced creativity app for Vive where room-scale VR gives creators a virtual workshop, and the use of natural physical motions brings unprecedented expressiveness and intuitiveness to object design.”
“MakeVR on the Vive allows anyone to create 3D content as fast as they can think it up, then turn their virtual creations into physical objects with direct-to-3D printing,” said Amir Rubin, Co-founder and CEO of Sixense. “Our partnership with Vive Studios in developing MakeVR and introducing a new kind of advanced creativity app using the immersion of VR is a win for makers, designers and the 3D printing ecosystem.”
MakeVR is available through Viveport at a price of $19.99 USD. Sixense has also begun working on a professional version called MakeVR Pro, which the company hopes to have available later in the year.
VRFocus will keep you updated on MakeVR and other related titles.