Autodesk has introduced Autodesk 123D Design, a free 3D modeling tool that allows users to create a digital model and then 3D print or fabricate the idea whether on the iPad, Mac, PC or via their Web browser.
"For the first time ever, users can create sophisticated, precise 3D models of real objects on their iPad, Mac, PC or via their Web browser. People said this couldn't be done on iPad, and we're happy to prove them wrong," said Samir Hanna, vice-president of consumer products, Autodesk. "We believe that everyone is creative, and we intend to put easy to use design software in the hands of millions of people so they can create real objects, have fun doing it and then fabricate the things they want and need, just the way they want them."
The solution provides base shapes and example models that help move past a blank screen and into the design quickly, the company says. It allows users to utilize natural interactions to add objects to the canvas and assemble parts together. It also includes pre-set kits, such as "Robots" or "Houses."
Part of the Autodesk 123D family of apps, the software allows users to take advantage of a connected group of Autodesk software, fabrication services for 3D printing and laser cutting, and a community of like-minded makers focused on making a wide variety of projects using 3D design and personal fabrication, the company says.
123D Design, 123D Make, 123D Catch, and 123D Sculpt are directly connected across platforms and products through "My Projects," cloud storage for all 123D design projects, where users can save and access the things they've made, or objects other people have made and shared with the community. The 123D community is home to thousands of models shared by nearly 300,000 members.
The Autodesk 123D Design App is available for free from the App Store on iPad. The Mac version of 123D Design is available for free from the Mac App Store.
For more information, visit Autodesk.
Sources: Press materials received from the company and additional information gleaned from the company's website.