Software company Autodesk (NASDAQ:ADSK) unveiled Wednesday Autodesk 123D Creature, a new iPad app that gives you the ability to create and print 3D characters. It makes getting started as easy as drawing a stick figure.
“With our 123D family of apps, we strive to put powerful 3D technology into the hands of anyone who wants to be creative,” said Samir Hanna, vice president of Consumer Products at Autodesk.
Making original characters with Autodesk 123D Creature starts with a simple skeleton creator where users lay out the basic anatomy of their creature in digital clay.
Autodesk 123D Creature
Multi-Touch gestures allow users to thicken, stretch and sculpt their creature with many of the tools familiar to users of the 123D Sculpt app. Once finished sculpting and shaping, a creature can be airbrushed or adorned with decals and textures imported from the user’s iPad photo library.
To show off a finished creation, users can bring the creature into the render room where they can customize lighting and shadows, apply filters, and import background photos to generate images to share with their friends.
Users who want a sculpture of their work that they can hold in their hand, can order a 3D print of their creature, with a few steps, that will be mailed to them from Sculpteo’s 3D printing services embedded within the app.
Artists can also enhance their characters at a professional level in other Autodesk 3D visual effects and animation software including Autodesk Maya and Autodesk 3ds Max.
The Autodesk 123D Creature App is exclusively available from the App Store on iPad or at http://appstore.com/AutodeskInc/123DCreature. The retail price of the app is US $7.99, but at launch, the app will be offered at a special price of $1.99 for a limited time, says the company.