Important News About The Next Chapter

Over the past few years, millions of people have unlocked their creativity with the Autodesk 123D apps and community. We’ve grown from one desktop tool in 2011 to multiple apps across desktop, web, and mobile.

We’re incredibly proud of these products, and even more proud of what you all have MADE with them. But we recognize that the portfolio has become complex. We are making some changes to simplify our Autodesk portfolio and workflows for people everywhere who love to make things. We are consolidating these tools and features into key apps such as Tinkercad, Fusion 360, and ReMake.

Today, we are sharing the news that in early 2017, after we complete this consolidation, we’ll be shutting down 123Dapp.com and turning off many of the apps to new download. Rest assured that we remain committed to providing free tools to hobbyists, kids, hackers, and makers around the world. We value you, your models, and are going to do this consolidation in the right way.

You’ll be able to access and download your content from 123Dapp.com in the coming months. We will make every effort to make sure you will be notified before we make any changes to the apps or website.

What’s next? We’ll be working closely with you, the 123D Community of users, to make sure your questions are answered. We’ll be sharing more details on this blog and our support forums, and will notify you when we start to implement changes.

Autodesk is committed to help people make anything and we are committed to help you continue to do just that. Look for more detailed information in the next few days, weeks and months.

–The Autodesk 123D Team

Learning never stops with Project Ignite

Responding to the President’s call to action to create a Nation of Makers, and as part of a White House event kicking off the National Week of Making, we announced Project Ignite, an open learning platform that builds the skill and confidence of young learners through creative, hands-on design experiences focused on the latest technology trends like 3D printing and electronics. Targeting K-12 schools, Project Ignite encompasses the end-to-end design experience, from idea to digital modeling to physical fabrication.

  • For educators – Project Ignite brings together free* Autodesk design software, including Tinkercad and 123D Circuits, and offers step-by-step lessons within these apps to encourage design thinking and hands-on problem solving skills. It also provides for-purchase hardware options such as 3D printers from MakerBot and Circuit Scribe pens and modules from Electroninks Writeables. Educators can also login for free* to access Project Ignite content whether or not they wish to purchase hardware.
  • For schools – Administrators may choose from various package solutions comprised of free* software and for-purchase hardware options, educator training and support, all from a single place to introduce the Maker Movement into the classroom.
  • For educational partners – Project Ignite is open to educators, publishers, education technology and hardware providers looking for unique opportunities to help drive the next education revolution that will inspire students to further their STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Math) education and provide educators access to emerging technology trends quickly.
  • For families or parents – Project Ignite is a great way to learn technology basics together in a moderated environment that extends to engaging and fun weekend projects.

To learn more about the Project Ignite sign up today and get started https://projectignite.autodesk.com. ProjectIgniteLogo

STEAM & Curious Minds

It’s crazy how this month’s theme of Robots, Space and STEAM gets students of all ages excited about learning. I am the mother of two young girls and I consider myself lucky to be surrounded by a community of users that are passionate about what they do. My 5 five-year old came home from pre-school and announced that she “knows how to design think.”  

Good thing she has a mom that asked a few follow-up questions:

“What is design think?”

In her simple five-year old terms she replied, “It’s when you think of something in your head then draw it and do some stuff to make it work.”

My follow-up was, “how do you make it work?”

“Mommy, it’s like when Elsa in Frozen made her castle out of ice. She had it in her head, what she wanted it to look like and then it came out of her hands. She made it.”

Well, it may not be the webster’s definition but she is on the right track.  

With global declines in test scores around science, math, engineering and math, teachers are looking to the Maker movement to help disrupt their classrooms. Many have looked into the Autodesk Digital STEAM workshop to use project based learning to capture the minds of their students and retain engagement in these subjects. These projects are easy ways to get the students in the back of your classroom to engage. Students want to use their minds, they have an innate curiosity to learn so let’s tap into the Maker movement and keep the excited alive! Who knows maybe we will all “design think” one day.