iPad gets 3D design app
Autodesk, a 3D design, engineering and entertainment software company, has released a free 3D design app for the iPad.
According to the company, 123D Catch for iPad creates 3D models from photographs. The company explains that the app will render a 3D model when users submit photos of an object from different angles. The app renders a 3D model from the photos, using the Autodesk cloud service.
Autodesk says users can then print their 3D models using a 3D printer, or use the company's fabrication services, in which case the 3D models will be shipped to users, at a fee. Autodesk adds that the 3D models can also be used for animation or further 3D modelling.
The 123D Catch app is part of Autodesk's 123D family of products, which includes similar software for desktops as well as online software for 3D modelling. This means users can take advantage of a connected group of Autodesk software, including services for 3D printing and laser cutting.
Autodesk says users will also be able to connect with a community of users that are focused on 3D design and personal fabrication.
“The launch of 123D Catch for iPad allows anyone to capture, explore, experiment and experience the 3D design and personal fabrication process,” says Samir Hanna, VP for consumer products at Autodesk.
Together with 123D Catch, Autodesk has also introduced a feature to its 123D product range, called MyCorner. This feature provides users with cloud storage for their 123D design projects.
According to Autodesk, MyCorner lets users share their models with other users, and also lets them browse an online gallery of other users' creations.
According to Autodesk, it develops with mobile in mind and hopes to make all its 123D apps available for mobile operating systems. However, it says it will not be releasing similar products for other mobile operating systems at this stage.
123D Catch is available for free from the App Store.