AutoDesSys will begin shipping version 6.0 of its form.Z 3D modelling software later this month, the company has announced. The upgrade adds object animation tools, support for 3D printing systems, and more.

Form.Z 6.0 uses an object-centric animation system. This bases animation around entire objects rather than their composite elements, according to AutoDesSys, though individual parameters and attributes can be animated as well. The company notes that animation can be used as part of the modelling process, with form.Z 6.0 able to export models at any moment along an animation path - and in a variety of model types includiing nurbz and metaformz.

Animations can be created using keyframes, along paths or using the animation palette. As well as models, form.Z 6.0 offers animation of lights, cameras and surface forms - so movies can used as surface textures. Animation settings can also be brought in from other 3D applications.

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The upgrade adds support for <a rel="nofollow" href="http://www.zcorp.com" rel="nofollow">Z Corp</a>

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New modelling tools include skinned lofting, a capping operation and morphing - with improvements made to the deformation and reconstruction tools. An automatic update facility has been built-in so that adjustments and corrections to the software are applied soon after they are released.
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Form.Z 6.0 costs £997 plus VAT. Form.Z RenderZone, which includes a rendering engine based on Lightworks, costs £1,330 plus VAT. Form.Z RadioZity which includes the Lightworks radiosity engine costs £1,594 plus VAT.
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