One of the better Catches came from video, oddly enough. I took a ~20 second video and later played it full screen, hitting Cmd+Shift+3 screen captures every second or so. Then I took those images and loaded them into the web and desktop 123D Catch app. I think the softer focus of the video stills creates a more seamless model. Maybe someone else has had some experience with Catching from video?I've managed to clean up some of the files like the Temple Lion, Buddha Feet and a carved dinosaur relief and printed them on our Objet printers (job perk!), and they're pretty awesome. We get to relive the trip and we were kind of able to bring back some souvenirs that customs would have otherwise frowned upon. Next, I'm going to make a wooden replica of one of the Temple Lions using 123D Make and 1/4" plywood. I think the resolution will be pretty good if the lion itself is around two feet high. I'll do another post when it's finished.
Making original characters with Autodesk 123D Creature starts with a simple skeleton creator where you lay out the basic anatomy of your creature. Then thicken, pose, detail, and paint your model using Multi-Touch gestures including sculpting and image paint tools - kind of like 123D Sculpt.
You can order a full color 3D print of your creature from Sculpteo directly from inside the app, or you can export an OBJ including textures via email or iTunes. You can also bring your creature into the Render room where you can adjust the lights, background, and filter effects to generate amazing scenes and images.
And the app is connected to your 123D account, so you can save your creatures to the cloud, and share them with the community. We’re looking forward to seeing what people create, there are already some amazing creatures in the 123D Gallery from our beta testers.
This is our first single-purpose 123D app, so if you’ve try it out, let us know what you think. Also, 123D Creature is purpose-built for creating creatures, if there’s something there you think would be great to see in other apps, let us know at 123D@autodesk.com.
123D Creature is now available on the App Store at a special price of $1.99 for a limited time!
What’s new in 123D Design 1.1? Many of you have asked for some specific features with a new release of 123D Design. We heard you and have integrated many of them in this release! Let’s see some of these features:
Export STL Files
You now have the option to directly export an STL file from within 123D Design, without having to go back to 123Dapp.com to download it.
Now you can export right from the drop-down menu.
123D Design 1.0 only allowed inserting parts through the Parts Bin. Now you can not only insert parts but also merge complete models by using the Insert function. We also made it so that you can insert from your local drive, not just files stored in the cloud!
123D Design 1.1 introduces several new features that many of you requested in the last month. You can now Trim and Extend objects while you sketch. We have also introduced Arc, and also added an option for doing Fillet on two different entities within the sketch.We've also enhanced dimensioning of sketches, and introduced the ability to mirror a sketch. We think these new tools will increase the power of sketching with your design.
More sketching functions!
If you ever wondered how to make sure what’s the distance between two elements, or an angle within a sketch or different edges in your model, now there’s a simple solution.
123D Design 1.1 introduces the Dimension tool. It allows you to select two elements (can be bodies, faces, edges, lines) and display the resulting dimensions.
New dimensioning and measurement capabilities!
Send to CNC Utility
123D Design 1.0 introduced options for directly sending the model to 123D Make, and also allowed you order a 3D print based on your current model. Now we have introduced an option to send the model to a CNC utility, which will lead you through all the steps for preparing your model for fabrication with a CNC device.
Send your model to your CNC device!
Today you may have noticed the addition of "go premium" in the upper corner of the 123D site. We've just started offering a new level of membership intended for those of you who have been asking for more stuff to help support the things you are making.
Right now, premium membership includes two key benefits; a free 3D print, and an Instructables Pro membership. An Instructables Pro account gives you access to eBooks, downloadable pdfs of projects, private Instructables, and more, so you can take better advantage of the projects you want to make and those you want to share. And if you've been interested in ordering a print of one of your models – or you're modeling something specific to print – as part of your premium membership you'll be able to get a free 3D print up to 4"x4"x4", made on one of our sweet Objet 3D printers.
This is just the beginning for premium membership, we've already got updates in the works. You'll see premium models appearing in the Gallery – for a short time you can download those free from inside one of the 123D apps, so check them out. We'll shortly be publishing hundreds of them and premium members will have exclusive access to download and make them. We'll also be offering premium members extended private storage, for the special projects or product designs you want to keep under wraps. We have also heard requests for certain types of file translation or output. Those and other services may show up in premium down the road.
Free membership is not going away, you'll always be able to access our apps, share your projects and download other people's shared projects, and we'll continue to update and upgrade the 123D apps on desktop, web, and mobile. But if these premium benefits are just what you've been waiting for that's great! If you have more ideas for premium membership, please do let us know (you can email us at 123D@autodesk.com).
The title is a teeny bit of a fib this time since we didn't have this post last week. But it is back! Catches are becoming the most common thing in the gallery as of late and they're getting better and better.
church door by Cody Walker
Frogner Oslo Park Norway by Wayne Trout
Lion by Jeffrey Lv
Falla Lo Rat Penat 2012 by Jaime Almonacid
Weston Super Mare - Sand Sculpture by Andrew Moore