DESIGNERS. Autodesk, a leader in 3D design, engineering and entertainment software, is continuing to push the boundaries in personal manufacturing. Two new offerings in the Autodesk 123D family are designed to empower more people to imagine and create things, and share them with others whether for fun, learning, or profit.
With the software (now in public beta), you can quickly and easily capture 3D models from the world around you, then turn the 3D models into your own artistic creations.
Autodesk 123D Catch
This application uses the power of cloud computing to quickly transform digital photos into photorealistic 3D models. Anyone capable of using a point-and-shoot, mobile phone, or digital SLR cameras to snap a series of photos of objects, people, or scenes can use 123D Catch to generate impressive 3D models. For example, you can create your own personal avatar or favorite vacation scenes in 3D. The app also has built-in sharing capabilities with short movies or animations for viewing on mobile devices, YouTube and other social media channels.
Autodesk 123D Make
Available as a new,free technology preview for the Mac, this application converts digital 3D models into 2D cut patterns that can be easily assembled with low-cost materials such as cardboard, wood, fabric, metal or plastic.The cut pieces come together to create a physical representation of the original digital model. With 123D Make you can create art, furniture, sculptures or other quick prototypes to test how a design will look in real life.
Autodesk developed this technology to act as a digital engineer to individuals who want to create 3D models for products they might eventually want to produce and sell. 123D Make is designed for creative self-expression or for people who can’t find what they’re looking for in mass-produced item and decide to make it on their own.
“Today’s DIYers need a range of cutting-edge 3D tools to make the most of the artistic and economic opportunities in the emerging maker movement,” said Samir Hanna, vice president of Consumer Products at Autodesk. “Autodesk is committed to removing obstacles to creativity and innovation in this time of the new industrial revolution.”
The Autodesk 123D family also includes the Autodesk 123D desktop application, enabling makers to bring ideas to life by designing highly precise and makeable objects/ The Autodesk 123D Sculpt app is for sculpting and painting 3D creations on the iPad.
Inventors, tinkerers, artists, entrepreneurs, and arts and crafts enthusiasts can use the Autodesk 123D portfolio on a variety of platforms and devices, with access to content, Autodesk fabrication partners and social connections at a single destination.