It was only a matter of time before Autodesk developed their own open source 3D Printer; 'Ember'.
According to Autodesk, "Ember uses digital light stereolithography to create complex objects with a level of detail and surface smoothness that extrusion printers simply can’t match. This opens new design possibilities for 3D printed components, prototypes, medical devices, art and jewelry. With a 10 micron minimum layer thickness, Ember can even be used for nano-biology."
As the developers of the fantastic free 123D Design software, which allows anyone to take control of their own design and manufacture, the owners of the hugely popular DIY project website - Instructables, it makes complete sense for Autodesk to move into hardware. My only surprise is the price... At $5995 USD (£3893.49) I don't think that this printer isn't going to end up in the hands of many grass-roots DIY Makers or 'Do-ers' very soon.
Never-the-less, it looks awesome. See Ember in action below.
Statue of Liberty - AutoDesk Spark and MadeSolid MS Resin | credit: Pete Walton
Read Signe Brewsters article on GIGAOM here.