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123D Design

By Autodesk Inc.

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Want to be ahead of the curve on 3D printing and personal fabrication? Design the things you imagine, and then make them real!

Let the creativity flow from your fingertips with Autodesk 123D Design, where you can use natural interactions and editing tools to create a 3D model. You can then 3D print your model at your home, school shop or preferred fabrication service.

Here’s how it works:
• Get started quickly with one of the basic shapes provided. In just a few clicks you will see your ideas start to take shape.
• Do you have a mesh or solid coming from any application? You can insert several formats of solids and meshes into 123D Design in order not to start from scratch.
• 123D Design automatically creates the most natural connection between parts. When moved, objects will align and snap to connection points such as corners, midpoints or center of faces.
• Save your designs to your desktop or save them to My Projects, so you can access them from the 123D website, other apps that read content from My Projects (like 123D Make and Meshmixer) or via mobile from 123D Design iOS.
• 123D Design also adopted several interactions from Tinkercad, making the transition between both much easier.
• Ready to 3D print? Converting your models from digital to physical is just a few clicks away.

Still not impressed? Here’s some more cool stuff:
• If you are more comfortable designing on a flat piece of paper, then start with a sketch, create an SVG file and import it into 123D Design.
• Preview what your project will look like when it’s made by adding realistic materials like plastic, ceramic, wood and metal.
• Check out projects from other 123D users, right in the app.
• If you also work with other 123D apps like 123D Catch or 123D Make, you can open these models directly into 123D Design via My Projects (under your account). No need to think about export formats!
• Got a mesh exported from a mechanical design application? Try Convert to Solid, so you can fillet, chamfer and do all the 3D solid modeling operations you love.

What's New in Version 1.8

Localization to Japanese
Bug fixes


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Customer Reviews

They were right, it’s slow

I’m shopping for an affordable Mac-based CAD app that will allow me to create accurate models for 3D printing and Autodesk would seem the natural candidate for a “best in class” app, so I downloaded it in spite of the reviews by people who reported finding this app to be slow and buggy. Well I am here to tell you that those people were correct - every tool I tried in this app is so incredibly laggy that your brain will not begin to be able to connect your hand movements with what you see onscreen. It’s just awful, and yes it hangs when you’re trying to close a window or quit the app. Don’t even bother going into “Get Info” panel for the app (in Finder) and checking the “Open in Low Resolution” button because that won’t change a thing. Although I do not like Sketchup’s lack of fine control (like a traditional CAD app), it runs circles around this app by Autodesk, whose bosses should be embarrassed that it has their brand behind it.

Sooooo Slow and Buggy!

This is an extremelly slow application! I import .SVG files to extrude them, and every import and everything I do after the import takes forever, even if the graphic is extremely simple.

It also crashes every time I quit the app, and sometimes when importing very simple .SVG file (less than 100 nodes). I’m trying to find other apps that will allow such a simple extrusion (I’m sure they’re out there, but I haven’t run accross them yet).

Please, please fix this app, as it has such promise if it would only work properly. I laugh every time I see the “Go Pro” button at the top of the screen. Why on earth would I pay for something that doesn’t work in the first place?

Don’t use the MAS version - it’s older than the current version @ Autodesk

Lot’s of unhappy users reporting on the MAS. At this writing, the MAS version is 1.6 - Autodesk released v 1.7 on 9/30, about 3 months ago. The Autodesk version is much nicer/faster/more powerful to use and with additional tools to use. Delete the MAS version, and go get the official version directly.

EDIT, the 1.8 update came out recently on both the MAS and it’s working pefectly for me.

123D Design
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  • Free
  • Category: Graphics & Design
  • Updated:
  • Version: 1.8
  • Size: 355 MB
  • Languages: English, Japanese
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Compatibility: OS X 10.7 or later, 64-bit processor

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