3D printing is a breakthrough for rapid prototyping and low-volume production runs, as well as makers, creators, and artists, and is well-suited for medical and aerospace manufacturing.
Here’s the gotcha: you need a CAD design to use a 3D printer. Sure, you can try 3D scanning, downloading 3D files, or using photo-based apps, but you won’t get good results. To get a good prototype or salable product, you are going to need a professionally-designed CAD model, which means you need to be skilled in using AutoCAD.
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Autodesk’s 123D suite of apps include: 123D Catch to turn photos into 3D models; 123D Creature to create and 3D print fantastic creatures and character models; 123D Design to model on the MAC, PC, iPad and Web; 123D Make to create DIY objects from 3D models; and 123D Sculpt to shape, form, sculpt, and paint 3D models on your iPad.
Aiming at makers, creators, and artists, a series of new Autodesk 123D memberships and premium bundles was just announced, featuring the MakerBotTM Replicator desktop 3D printer, with a resolution capability of 100 microns and a 410 cubic inch build volume, and a new 3D Print Utility accessible from the 123D apps.
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