Autodesk 123D

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Future of 3D printing

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.

02/21/12 -- Chris Anderson