123D Design, 123D Catch & 123D Make Web Apps Closing


Update: 123D Circuits and Tinkercad are not using the unsupported plugins so they will continue to thrive! The only apps that are affected are the three mentioned below.

If you have been using the web based versions of the 123D apps that run in your browser, you probably noticed that they have gone bonkers recently.

We're well aware and have been anticipating the need to shut them down as the plugins that allows them to run within the most common web browsers are no longer supported. So, today, we are sad to see our trusty web based apps go, they were a trusty platoon while they were here!

So, what to do?! 

The apps continue on with their mobile and desktop comrades, and we have some exciting ideas we're working on for the new year and we'll continue bring you these apps for your creative making needs. Here is where you can find them:

123D Catch: Our popular "photos to 3D model" app is available for your iOS or Android device for your capturing on the go. There is also a Windows desktop version.

123D Design: Quickly whip up 3D printable prototypes with the Mac and Windows desktop versions. Also, available for your iPad!

123D Make: We just released a brand new version of the desktop app (v1.6) and it is available for Mac and Windows. 123D Make will nest your slices for printing/cutting, which optimizes material usage without manual post processing.  You may also send a cutting job directly to your system printer/lasercutter. Try it!  Lastly, we built a "teaser" app for iOS which gives you a preview of what 123D Make can do!

So, we salute the web based apps and say goodbye for now. We hope to meet again in your "easy-to-get-to-web-based-form". Check back often here for updates to these and other apps we are working on to help you be creative!

 - 123D Team, Autodesk Consumer Group

Maker of the Day – John Lawton (Day 7)

Meet John Lawton: Military pilot by day, maker by night. This man proves there are no excuses when it comes to finding time for creative self-expression.

Personal website:
www.jdldesignstudios.com

John Lawton

Why I make

Both my parents are artists so I grew up in a very creative household. I've always loved to sketch and make things in my dad's metal shop since I was young and woodworking I've picked up over the last 10 years. So much of my life as a military pilot has been manuals and checklists; wood and metalworking is a great way to express my creativity and let my mind be free to invent. Seeing my design sketch sitting on top of the finished product is very satisfying! 

What I make

Custom wood and metal furniture with an industrial and modern theme. I love to incorporate the beauty of hardwoods such as walnut and maple with the strength and boldness of metals like mild steel, stainless and aluminum. Old school wood and metal working techniques are joined with cutting edge technologies like waterjetting, CNC milling and laser cutting to make completely unique works of art designed to last generations. 

John uses TechShop as a resource for both tools and community, while Autodesk Inventor serves as his design platform.

 

Maker of the Day – Martin Horn (Day 5)

Martin Horn

Why I make

I like making beautiful things. Access to digital fabrication technology made it possible for me to design my work in a software environment & be confident that my tools would create it with a level of precision that would result in a high quality piece. Precise, repeatable results has become much easier as the cost of robotic tools has fallen.

What I make

Laser cut lighting, CNC routed screens & furniture, waterjet cut screens and structures.

Check out Martin's amazing work, like the lamp below, on his website.

ShopBot Tools’ Handibot Kickstarter now online



At this year's Bay Area Maker Faire, we got to preview ShopBot Tools' newest lil box of awesome - the Handibot - and today they launched their Kickstarter campaign to raise $125k for full-scale production.

It's pretty great. Imagine a tiny little 3-axis CNC router that you can plug into a standard 110V outlet and buzz out perfectly detailed scrollwork.  THEN just stick it back in your toolbox..!



We love it for its ingenuity, but it's also super-simple to use with 123D apps' CNC utility.  We're working directly with ShopBot to build simple integrations into their tools, and I'm looking forward to carving something up with one of these little guys.

The Handibot takes a 1/8" or 1/4" shank bit and has a 6"x8"x4" x/y/z bed size.  But because of its portability, you could enlarge that indefinitely with some sort of registration markings.



We love the folks at ShopBot and wish them luck in their campaign.  We may even need to get one for the new office. Stay tuned to the blog and Facebook, we're headed to Maker Faire Kansas City this weekend and we'll get some more updates from the North-Carolinians.

As of this posting, they've raised over $49k.