Autodesk 123D Catch and Autodesk 123D Make Technology Preview Available
SAN RAFAEL, Calif., Nov 07, 2011 (BUSINESS WIRE) --
Inc. (NASDAQ:ADSK), a world leader in 3D
design, engineering and entertainment software, introduced two
exciting offerings in the company's emerging Autodesk 123D family--
Autodesk 123D Catch and Autodesk 123D Make Technology Preview. The
offerings enable anyone to quickly and easily capture 3D models from the
world around them, and additionally turn 3D models into their own
artistic creations. The new technology is further proof that Autodesk is
continuing to push boundaries in personal manufacturing, empowering more
people to imagine and create things, and share them with others whether
for fun, learning or profit.
The Autodesk 123D Catch application--previously codenamed Project
Photofly on Autodesk
Labs--is a new, public beta release that uses the power of cloud
computing to quickly transform digital photos into photorealistic 3D
models. Anyone capable of using a point-and-shoot, mobile phone or
advanced digital SLR cameras to snap a series of photos of objects,
people or scenes can use 123D Catch to generate impressive 3D models.
Capturing your own personal avatar or favorite vacation scenes in 3D is
now both possible and easy. The app also has built-in sharing
capabilities with short movies or animations for viewing on mobile
devices, YouTube and other social media channels.
Capturing 3D models has helped a research team that used Project
Photofly in the field at the Pompeii archeological site to document and
analyze the architecture of one of the city's largest, but least
"Although standard archaeological recording practices are reliable, they
are painstakingly slow," said Eric Poehler, assistant professor at the
University of Massachusetts Amherst. "Each year we have only a limited
amount of time at Pompeii to capture the archeological site through 3D
models, and with Project Photofly, we were able to dramatically increase
our efficiency and accuracy."
Autodesk 123D Make application is a also a new, free* technology preview
for the Mac, capable of converting digital 3D models into 2D cut
patterns that can be easily assembled in low-cost materials, such as
cardboard, wood, fabric, metal or plastic. The cut pieces come together
to create a physical representation of the original digital model. 123D
Make enables users to create art, furniture, sculptures or other quick
prototypes in order to test how a design will look in real life.
Autodesk developed this technology to act as a digital engineer capable
of helping individuals create 3D models and, eventually, transform the
models into the real thing. 123D Make is designed for creative
self-expression or for users that perhaps can't find what they're
looking for in mass-produced items and decide to make it on their own.
"Today's DIYers need a range of cutting-edge 3D tools to make the most
of the artistic and economic opportunities in the emerging maker
movement," said Samir Hanna, vice president of Consumer Products at
Autodesk. "Autodesk is committed to removing obstacles to creativity and
innovation in this time of the new industrial revolution."
The Autodesk 123D family also includes the Autodesk
123D desktop application, enabling makers to bring ideas to life by
designing highly precise and makeable objects. The Autodesk
123D Sculpt free* app is for sculpting and painting 3D creations on
the iPad. Inventors, tinkerers, artists, entrepreneurs, and arts and
crafts enthusiasts can use the Autodesk 123D portfolio on a variety of
platforms and devices, with access to content, Autodesk fabrication
partners and social connections at a single destination.
Pricing and Availability
The Autodesk 123D Make technology preview is available as a free*
download for the Mac at www.123Dapp.com/make.
The Autodesk 123D Catch public beta app is available for free* download
Autodesk, Inc., is a leader in 3D
design, engineering and entertainment software. Customers across the
manufacturing, architecture, building, construction, and media and
entertainment industries -- including the last 16 Academy Award winners
for Best Visual Effects -- use Autodesk software to design, visualize
and simulate their ideas. Since its introduction of AutoCAD software in
1982, Autodesk continues to develop the broadest portfolio of
state-of-the-art software for global markets. For additional information
about Autodesk, visit www.autodesk.com.
*Free products are subject to the terms and conditions of the
end-user license and services agreement that accompanies the software.
Autodesk, AutoCAD, Autodesk 123D and 123D are registered trademarks
or trademarks of Autodesk, Inc., and/or its subsidiaries and/or
affiliates in the USA and/or other countries. Academy Award is a
registered trademark of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.
Apple, iPad and Mac are trademarks of Apple Inc., registered in the U.S.
and other countries. All other brand names, product names or trademarks
belong to their respective holders. Autodesk reserves the right to alter
product and services offerings, and specifications and pricing at any
time without notice, and is not responsible for typographical or
graphical errors that may appear in this document.
© 2011 Autodesk, Inc. All rights reserved.
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SOURCE: Autodesk, Inc.
Jennifer Gentrup, 415-547-2435