Software company Autodesk (NASDAQ: ADSK) has introduced Autodesk 123D Design, a free 3D modeling tool that allows users to create a digital model and then 3D print or fabricate their idea whether on the iPad, Mac, PC or via their web browser.
Autodesk 123D Design uses natural interactions for creation and editing, allowing makers to easily design things without learning complex CAD concepts.
“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.
Autodesk 123D Design helps users get their projects started by providing base shapes and example models that help move past a blank screen and into the design quickly.
Using natural interactions to add objects to the canvas and assemble parts together, users can enjoy the design process and create 3D-printable designs.
123D Design also includes pre-set kits, such as “Robots” or “Houses” that are a fun way to experiment with design ideas or become more familiar with design concepts. More kits are available online from the 123D web site.
The Autodesk 123D family of apps provides users with the ability to capture, design and make their ideas, and connect with other makers around the world for support or inspiration. Users can try Autodesk apps, services and communities to experiment and experience the creative process, suggests the company.
The Autodesk 123D Design App is available for free from the App Store on iPad or at www.itunes.com/appstore. The Mac version of 123D Design is available for free from the Mac App Store.