The Maker Faire is taking place Saturday May 18 and Sunday May 19 in San Mateo California. Two companies associated with 3D, MakerBot and Autodesk are showing off the results of their integrated partnership.
Autodesk?s 123D series of applications allow you to design characters as well as items that help repair broken household items. The designs can be printed in 3D on a MakerBot Replicator 2 Desktop 3D printer. Between the two companies, you have design software and printing hardware that work in unison. Autodesk 123 members can print from the 123D web gallery or create their own designs.
123D Sculpt is only one of a series of 3D design software apps from Autodesk
Autodesk 123D Catch can turn your photos into 3D models. You can watch a video about 123D Catch on YouTube (or below). The app is downloadable for Microsoft Windows 7 (32-bit and 64-bit), Microsoft Windows XP Service Pack 3 or higher (32-bit and 64-bit). You?ll need 1 GB RAM and an OpenGL compatible video card among other requirements. 123D Sculpt, another app in the Autodesk series allows you to manipulate figures into various configurations.
The MakerBot Replicator Desktop 3D Printer that functions with Autodesk has garnered several awards, including Popular Mechanics Overall Winner for best 3D printer. Time Magazine named them one of their Best Inventions of 2012 and MakerBot was cited as ?Best Emerging Tech? at the 2012 Consumer Electronics Show. It has a resolution capability of 100 microns and 410 cubic inch build volume. You can see the products at the San Mateo Event Center in Booth #120.