123D Creature and 123D Sculpt users – big news for you!

Today we are pleased to welcome 123D Sculpt+ to the 123D family of easy to use consumer apps.

If you are a 123D Creature user, you'll get Sculpt+ when you next update. If you are a 123D Sculpt user, you should get Sculpt+ from your app store (iOS or Android). There are a lot of goodies for you!

We'll be releasing more information today on what this means for you, but I wanted to update our 123D Creature and 123D Sculpt users on changes to the 123D website. Rest assured, everything is still there!

 

For 123D Creature users, all existing creatures are now classed as 123D Sculpt+ models. If you update to the new app, you can still use all of your existing projects, and apply a range of exciting new tools. I personally love the ability to import an existing Creature and change the pose. On the the 123D website, you can now select 123D Sculpt+ instead of 123D Creature, and see all the models.

For 123D Sculpt users, your existing models are still there, they are just no longer listed in the public gallery pages. You can still access them by logging in to your account on the 123D website, and looking at My Projects. Sharing via the 123D Sculpt app is unchanged. You should certainly explore the 123D Sculpt+ app, it has everything (and more!) that the current app provides.

123D Design Desktop 1.5: Bringing the Family Together

The latest release of 123D Design for Windows and Mac doesn’t just have some cool new features - it actually helps to bring the whole 123D ecosystem together as a suite of tools for design and fabrication.

So what’s new? Some hints were already on the last version of 123D Design: we introduced the ability to open, insert and do some editing to meshes. You could open projects generated in 123D Catch right from MyProjects inside 123D Design, and also send to 3D print via Meshmixer using a one-click workflow.

Let me now explain what’s new with 1.5 and why it’s really great news for all of you.

First of all, whenever you import a mesh from 123D Catch, it most likely needs healing. In release 1.4, if you wanted to combine or subtract another mesh or solid, the meshes had to be watertight (meaning that there could be no gaps). Another issue had to do with the density of the meshes, which could make the operation slow or make it fail. So if you have a mesh that needs some help, you had to open Meshmixer, import the mesh again, do the necessary fixes and then import back into Design.

With the 1.5 release, we reduced a couple steps. By selecting any object in 123D Design, you will see an option to send to Meshmixer. This will automatically open Meshmixer with only that selection open, ready to edit. Then you can clean, remesh, reduce, sculpt, mash up, create patterns, or whatever else you wanted to do. Afterwards, simply export back into Design and you will then be able to reinsert the piece in the same location!

Another interesting use case is if you want to fabricate your design using 123D Make. You now have two options for this. You can send the entire model from the AppMenu > Send to > 123D Make. This will open 123D Make desktop with the file already imported. But now you can just send a selection by using the context menu. So if you have some extra pieces in the model that you don’t want to delete before exporting, or if you want to use different fabrication options inside 123D Make for different parts of your model (like interlocked slices for some parts but stacked slices for other parts).

The same criteria can be used for 3D printing. You can either prepare the entire file (from AppMenu > 3D Print or Ctrl+P) or just a selection (from the contextual menu) and send it to MeshMixer, which will directly open the 3D print utility. You can then analyze the part, create support for the overhangs, and print right to your desktop printer or order the part from different services (Sculpteo, iMaterialise, Shapeways).

This connection between the apps makes it quite easy to move across different processes. You can think of 123D Design as a path to both additive and subtractive manufacturing solutions (Meshmixer and 123D Make respectively).

Since we can now move selections across different applications, it really made sense to be able to also export a selection as a 123dx file or an STL file. This is also a quite useful new feature in 123D Design desktop.

But that's not all! For a while now, users have been asking for a better solution to create text. We've been working on it and we are now proud to present the new Text feature! First of all, it works offline, like the rest of the app. Secondly, it uses your system fonts! Last but not least, you can also throw the text into a sketch, so you will be able to perform different, independent operations with each closed profile. Not bad, right?

Just one more thing. Although you can use Meshmixer to process models for 3D printing - both at home and with 3rd party printers - you can also order a 3D print directly from 123D Design, provided it’s already saved in MyProjects. We've also added a new service provider - 3D Hubs!

3D Hubs provides the ability to connect with 3D printer owners near where you live or work. So if you want a fast delivery (or maybe even see your printer in person), you can print through 3D Hubs directly through 123D Design.

So check out 123D Design Desktop 1.5 and make sure you also have 123D Make and Meshmixer for a more complete experience! Also, keep sending feedback - most changes are directly from you guys, our rad users!

123D Design Desktop – Revamped

Chris Anderson may have broken the news before we got to it, but that doesn't make us any less excited to share the new and improved desktop version of 123D Design with you! 

 

Yes, that's right folks. 123D Design got a facelift, and you're going to like the way it looks. With a new UI, new features, and so much more, 123D Design makes it easier than ever for beginners, novices, and experts to get in on the fun that is 3D printing.

Check out the changes here, and stay tuned for more pictures, tutorials, and an in-depth guide to the changes.

 

Meshmixer Update!: Your 3D Printing Sidekick Adds Patterning and More

Well, it's only been about a month since the last update to Autodesk Meshmixer, which included more powerful 3D printing workflows. Today, Autodesk Meshmixer updated again with the 3D printing workflows you requested, many general enhancements, and a few surprises.

Autodesk Meshmixer Update

 

We are having a lot of fun playing with the newly added "Make Pattern" tool and 3D printing the results. Make Pattern lets you create a unique cage-like structure that conforms to an objects surface (like below) and more. 

3D Patterned Objects

Examples of objects patterned in Meshmixer

 

As for the 3D printing additions, one highlight is the support for assigning multiple materials (for printers that feature multiple material prints). For example, you can now assign what objects are assigned to the Left/Right extruder for your Makerbot Replicator 2X. Here is a print I made with 2 materials on an Objet Connex 500. It is a 123D Catch capture of Autodesk's CEO Carl Bass in Vero Clear combined with the Autodesk brand "A" in Vero White. This was stylized and prepared for the Objet printer all in Meshmixer, then printed all in one go!

Multi-material 3D print

This is a multi-material print I created in Meshmixer and printed to a Objet Connex 500

 

Last but not least, thank you for all of your feedback on Autodesk Meshmixer, and please keep it coming! Due to growing popularity of this free app, we are looking to make more regular updates so you can continue to push the limits of your 3D printing amazingness. So, if you would like to give us praise or even scold us, send any feedback to meshmixer@autodesk.com.

Tokyo Maker Faire

Maker Faires are in full swing around the world, and Autodesk 123D got in on the action this weekend in Tokyo, Japan, a city renowned for its history of innovation. 

Carl Bass, CEO of Autodesk, even got in the action, delivering a presentation on "the appearance of new manufacturing in North America."

 

The 123D team hosted an area equipped with MakerBots, iPads with all the 123D tools installed, interlock assemblies, LED badges, duct tape bags, a black rocket shelf, and even a 3D photo booth. 

 

 It's so rewarding to see firsthand how people incorporate the 123D tools into their personal creative expression. Thank you to the thousands of smiling people of all ages that came to visit and create with us! We can't wait to do it again next year, Tokyo Maker Faire!

 

Educators – Get a discounted 3d printer!

Back to school is the reason for the season, and we are celebrating with serious discounts on all the 3D design school supplies you need. Autodesk 123D has created a discounted package that includes both 123D Premium and a MakerBot Replicator 2 at a cost cheaper than the printer just by itself.

So to break it down you get the following...

                                                                                                         One Year                        Two Year

 

…all for less than if you bought only the printer. That’s $1,979, a serious price break on the printer alone, and even moreso when you consider everything that comes with it. 3D printing in your classroom has never been so affordable! Be sure to pass the deal along to educators, your children’s teachers, or anyone else who will benefit from this great deal.

Head over to www.123dapp.com/education to get your bundle now before this offer runs out.

 

 

Plot robotic world domination with VEX IQ and VEX Assembler

When you are trying to take over the world using robots, you really need the best possible tools, especially if you're a middle school student. You need a flexible construction system, a powerful robot brain, versatile sensors - and software to test out your designs in your secret lair, before launching your cunning plan.

We're committed to helping students make real their dreams of world domination, so together with our partner VEX Robotics, we're pleased to announce the the launch of the VEX IQ robot construction system, and the VEX Assembler design software, powered by Autodesk 123D technology.

The new VEX IQ system is designed to open up the world of competitive robotics to a wider, and younger, audience. It uses a system of plastic parts, a tool-less pin connection system and "smart" motors and sensors to get teams up and running even faster than before. As a complement to this, the VEX Assembler is a software design tool that allows students to try out different robot and mechanism designs without having access to the physical parts. VEX Assembler is built using Autodesk 123D technology to allow for smooth and easy to use functionality, and introduce CAD tools to a new audience.

Aspring young mad scientists have already started to cook up some intriguing inventions: check out the VEX IQ showcase for more.

VEX Robotics is a long-time partner of Autodesk: we sponsor their competitive events, and VEX bundles Autodesk Inventor with their existing competition kits (see more about the VEX and Autodesk relationship here: http://autodesk.com/vex). While alumni of the VEX program have yet to build a secret volcano lair, we think it is just a matter of time.

We’ve made some changes!

Hello visitor!

I'm the manager of the Autodesk 123D website, and I wanted to tell you about some of the changes we've made, and where we're going.

As you can see, we've made some substantial changes to the visual style of the site. We think it looks cleaner, fresher, and more fun - what we want the 123D experience to be.

There's more going on, however, than just visual changes. We want to make this site more about you, and your creative projects. We want to be source of inspiration and delight when you're setting out to make new things. Over the coming weeks and months, we'll be rolling out tools and features that make this possible, regardless of your level of skills.

Right now, we're emphasizing some of the things you can already do with our tools, especially by highlighting designs from you, our users, as a starting point. This is an area where we'll be placing a lot of focus as we move ahead.

We're pleased to welcome Tinkercad to the 123D family, and you'll be seeing regular updates to that very popular design tool.

Last but not least, we're soon going to be adding an important new section to the site: the Sandbox. Here we'll be revealing some of our latest tools and products, giving you a sneak preview of new functionality as we're working on it. Stay tuned for some really exciting news over the next few days!

The changes we announce today are only the beginning of a more ambitious voyage. We look forward to having you along with us on this journey!

123D Design 1.1 Update now available!

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.

Insert

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!

Insert objects from a local drive!

Sketching Enhancements

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!

Dimensions

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!