Autodesk 123D

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Printing in 3D is now no more complicated than printing photos in Picasa. First you design something in Autodesk 123D (in my case, my first project was a device housing prototype). Then pick “Make” from the menu. You can print your object on your desktop printer, like a Makerbot (moderate quality, now), or you press another button to have it printed (high quality, later) on a commercial printer. Enter your credit card (my prototype, shown here, cost $24) and a week later it’s delivered to your house. Wow.

Best of all, 123D is free. This is the future of fabrication.

-- Chris Anderson  

Autodesk 123d
Free
Windows-only (OSX support to come)
Available from and produced by Autodesk