Oculus Medium gives you the freedom to use your hands to craft just about anything that comes to mind

One of the last things you’d expect from virtual reality
would be the ability to create things that can live in the real world, but with
the release of the Oculus Medium, we got just that. 

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This 3D-printed monkey is the product of Oculus Medium. Image source: Mashable.

Although the Oculus app allows you to sculpt in VR, what may
not be obvious is that anything you create in the app can be exported to an
.obj file (the format for virtual 3D projects) that can then be sent to most 3D
printers for fabrication. And, just like that, VR has cleared what’s perhaps
the largest hurdle that’s hindered the progress of many 3D-printing enthusiasts:
the steep learning curve associated with 3D apps.

Now, instead of being faced with months of training to use
the basics of computer-aided design (CAD) apps, Oculus Medium gives you the freedom
to use your hands to craft just about anything that comes to mind. Once your
creation is complete, preparing the object, such as toys, jewelry, or
accessories for 3D printing is simple as pressing an export button and sending
the file to your 3D printer.

Just days after the app’s launch, the Oculus team
soft-launched a community for Medium, which is designed to focus on the
enthusiasm around the app’s users. While many of those posting samples of their
work online aren’t professional artists, the resulting creations demonstrate
the promise of what’s possible from 3D design dabblers. For those who are CAD
experts, the examples of what they can achieve show how powerful Oculus Medium
can be.

Of course, much of the potential for VR-to-3D printing
gaining traction depends on if VR itself can penetrate the mainstream. But if
you think 3D printing was for design pros and hobbyists only, know that Oculus
Medium promises to change your mind.

Source: Mashable