I guess Adobe just couldn’t help itself— for years they’ve been compelled to try to be all things to all people.
According to the folks over at 3D Printing Industry, Adobe has been adding support to Photoshop CC for 3D printing since the beginning of 2014. Unlikely as it sounds, it looks as if the makers of the dominant 2D design software and photo editing program in the market may just have come up with a way of adding a full workflow into Photoshop capable of handling imported 3D scans and sending them out to low-end 3D printers. With the new version of Photoshop CC, they’ve added support for 3D file formats VRML, U3D, PLY and IGES, so the program is already capable of uploading their files to services such as Shapeways and Sketchfab.
There is a full free tutorial demonstrating Photoshop’s 3D printing workflow on the Adobe website, as well as a list of new features for the latest release of Photoshop CC. I’ve included the first part of the tutorial below: